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Susanne Kovács knows that her paternal grandparents survived the Holocaust and fled to Denmark to begin a new life. That’s all she knows. The Hungarian couple kept their own story under lock and key throughout their lives and focused on immersing themselves into Danish everyday life as quickly as possible. A picture book life, seen from outside. To escape the memory of death, they smiled and remained silent. If no one sees the darkness, they hoped, normality becomes possible. But the unsaid did not fade but grew and finally began to darken the present. Now, Susanne wants to break the silence. But her probing questions bring back painful memories. Is she at all allowed to dig into a family history that holds so many ghosts from the past? And maybe there is more than one truth? It Takes a Family is a courageous investigation of her own family story that makes it clear that at some point it’s no longer about guilt, but about forgiveness.

Accompanying the film premiere is a discussion with director Susanne Kovács and moderator Luna Goldberg, Education Manager at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. To view the conversation please click here.


The Miami Jewish Film Festival virtual program is made possible with the generous support of Benjamin Nahum and Tamar Roodner.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    59 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
  • Premiere
    East Coast Premiere
  • Director
    Susanne Kovács
  • Cast
    Susanne Kovács
  • Cinematographer
    Casper Høyberg, Susanne Kovács
  • Editor
    Marion Tuor
  • Music
    Povl Kristian