During the fall of 1942, in the Polish village of Pinczow, as the Germans deported Jews to the gas chambers, the Banya family offered to hide Israel and Frania Rubinek in their one room farmhouse. Despite enormous risk and hardship, Zofia and Ludwig Banya, along with their young son Maniek, sheltered the Rubineks for 28 months.
Interweaving docu-drama sequences with archival material, this film follows Israel and Frania Rubinek on their emotional return journey to Poland, and documents their poignant reunion with Zofia Banya, the peasant woman who saved their lives forty years ago. As a co-producer of the film, actor Saul Rubinek accompanies his parents not only to achieve a better understanding of his family's past, but also to come to terms with his own identity.
"So Many Miracles is moving and uplifting, a story of love and courage in a time of horror. It is surprisingly free of bitterness and anger, and instead what comes through is a spirit and a will to live. The [viewer] is left enriched by their story."
-Gila Wertheimer, Chicago Jewish Star
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So Many Miracles
Canada, 1987, 58 minutes, color
Directed by Katherine Smalley
and Vic Sarin
Public Exhibition formats: 16mm, Beta, DVD