Light of Hope

The Light of Hope is the harrowingly true story of Elisabeth Eidenbenz, awarded the status of Righteous Among the Nations by the Government of Israel in 2002 for her role as founder of the Mothers of Elne, which saved the lives of hundreds of Jewish mothers and children along with other refugees during the Second World War. In the early 1940s, refugees from all over Europe sought shelter as they attempted to escape persecution by the Nazis and Franco's regime in Spain. Among them were countless Jewish women and their young children. The refugee camps were in horrendous condition with no protection from the cold, leaving many women and children dying from malnutrition or disease. Appalled by the situation, Elisabeth decided to convert an abandoned mansion in Elne into a maternity home and provide the refugees safety and shelter. In so doing, she saved their lives from certain death and hid them from their Nazi persecutors. Despite the surrounding hardship, the villa became a safe haven filled with the laughter of children. Soon, however, Gestapo agents grow suspicious of her and demand she hand over all Jewish refugees and their children or be imprisoned. Elisabeth, the mothers, and their supporters will do everything in their power to prevent it.

Original title:
La llum d'Elna
96 minutes
Silvia Quer

Shown at

  1. 16th Annual Ruth and Bernard Friedman Windsor Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  2. Atlanta Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  3. Baltimore Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  4. Beth Tzedec Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  5. Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  6. Chicago Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  7. East Bay International Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  8. Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  9. Houston Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  10. Jewish Film Festival of Southwest Florida - 2020
  11. Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival (Detroit) - 2019
  12. Louisville Jewish Film Festival - 2020
  13. Miami Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  14. Mobile Jewish Film Festival - 2020
  15. Morris and Mollye Fogelman International Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  16. Nagle Family Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  17. New York Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  18. Northern Virginia International Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  19. Portland Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  20. Sarasota-Manatee Israel Film Festival - 2019
  21. Seattle Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  22. Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Festival - 2020
  23. The National Center For Jewish Film's 22nd Annual Film Festival - 2019
  24. UK Jewish Film Festival - 2018

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