Pockets of Hope

Australian singer and activist Fay Sussman had vowed never to return to Poland. Generations after the Holocaust, the relationship between Poles and Jews remains deeply conflicted. Overcoming her fear and anger, Sussman finally visited the country, and discovered a generation of Poles working to establish a new relationship with the Jewish community. She soon discovers that through her music, she can restore her connection to Poland and begin the journey of reconciliation between Poles and Jews.

113 minutes
Judy Menczel, Paul Green

Shown at

  1. Jewish International Film Festival (Australia) - 2015

2 Responses

  1. jewishfilmfests says:

    A Polish Pilgrimage

    Australian Yiddish Klezmer singer Fay Sussman went on a pilgrimage to Poland inspired by the young people who want to keep Jewish memory alive. Her tour is captured in Judy Menczel’s film Pockets of Hope which premiered at the Jewish Film Festival. Dr Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett is a key curator of the new POLIN Jewish Museum in Warsaw.


  2. jewishfilmfests says:

    The JIFF: Henry Greener talks with Paul Green

    As the Jewish International Film Festival moves into this year’s final screenings, the film maker of “Pockets of Hope” Paul Green speaks to Henry Greener about the origins, people and meaning of the film project, involving the Jews and non-Jews of Poland.


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