After winning 32 awards at film festivals worldwide, “Nicky’s Family”, an inspiring documentary that tells the story of how Sir Nicholas Winton saved 669 Czecg and Slovak children from World War II, opens this Friday, July 19, in New York, Los Angeles and VOD everywhere. Winton, who has been called “Britain’s Schindler”, is being honored this week by the Goody Awards for social good with a lifetime achievement award.
In the powerful documentary, the Dali Lama can be seen speaking of Winton’s acts of heroism. “Nicholas Winton, we should learn from his motivation and from his courage and act, we must carry his spirit from generation to generation, then humanities future will be brighter.”
As a 29-yr-old stockbroker visiting Czechoslovakia in 1938, Winton says he felt “compelled” to help those in danger of the Germans. He arranged to have 669 children to be adopted by British families. The British agreed to accept transports of unaccompanied children up to the age of 17 in a plan known as Operation Kindertransport. “Don’t be content in your life just to do no wrong; be prepared every day to try and do some good”, Winton said in the film, which shows moving testimonials from the children.
Many of them speak of creating ways they are continuing Winton’s compassion for social change. His work has inspired his family, who is now close to 6,000 people with the child survivors, their children and grandchildren, to give back in their own ways. Family members currently work on a variety of charity projects, including one that has helped more than 3,000 sick and undernourished children in Cambodia and nations in Africa.
Dave Lux, one of the 669 survivors, now volunteers at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, where he discusses what it was like for he and his brother to leave their parents at ages 6 and 7. He dedicates every talk to his parents.
Sir Nicholas is also being honored this week with a “Golden Goody Award” (lifetime achievement award) by the Goody Awards as part of their “Force for Good” Campaign. In his acceptance video, Sir Nicholas shared from his home in London, “I feel if people lived according to the standard ethics, then most of our problems would be over. And I think what you are trying, hopefully successfully to do, is that people should not harp upon the past, but should work hard to work for a real ethical future. And if that could be achieved, most of humanity’s problems would be solved.”
Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 583 recognizing his remarkable deed, Sir Nicholas continues to inspire millions. A petition has been signed by 213,000 children from Czechoslovakia to nominate Sir Nicholas Winton for a Nobel Peace Prize. The winners will be announced in October, and you can help be tweeting this story and signing the petition on Change.org
“Nicky’s Family” opens this Friday, July 19, 2013, in New York, Los Angeles and VOD everywhere. A national release will follow. Don’t miss this inspirational and historic documentary!
VIDEO – Sir Nicholas accepting Golden Goody Award this week
Nobel Peace Prize Petition