Judy Levis Markhoff Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival

My Name Is Sara

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Tells the true life-story of Sara Guralnick, a 13 year-old Polish Jew whose entire family was killed by Nazis in September of 1942. After a grueling escape to the Ukrainian countryside, Sara steals her Christian best friend's identity and finds refuge in a small village where she is taken in by a farmer and his young wife. She soon discovers the dark secrets of her employers' marriage, compounding the greatest secret she must strive to protect, her true identity.

Sara’s extraordinary story of survival exemplifies innate instinct. In 1942, when Sara was just 12 years old, word came that all of the Jews now living in the established ghetto were to be murdered. Sara’s parents insisted that she and her eldest brother attempt an escape. “You and your brother will run away,” Sara shared in her testimony about her mother’s instructions. “And, I said ‘No. If they are going to kill you, let them kill me. I’m not going.’”

Sara did go. She and her brother fled the ghetto in the middle of the night and made their way through miles and miles of forest, wading through a river and hiding beneath the trees before making it to a neighbor’s home who their mother had paid to take them in. They hid in a barn for a couple weeks, but they knew it was time to keep moving. This time, Sara sought safety on her own. “I said to my brother, that’s it — either dead or alive, I’m leaving. And I picked myself up and I kissed him goodbye and I walked out from the barn… What do you do? Where do you go? What do you say?”

Sponsored By Barbara Kruger and Marcia & Albert Schmier

  • Year
  • Runtime
    111 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    USA, Poland
  • Premiere
    Palm Beach County
  • Note
    Winner - Best Film Miami Jewish FF, Winner Grand Prix at Warsaw Jewish FF
  • Director
    Steven Oritt
  • Screenwriter
    David Himmelstein
  • Cast
    Zuzanna Surowy, Konrad Cichon, Pawel Królikowski