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Sneak Preview of NO PLACE ON EARTH

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Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 7:30 PM (PDT)

Sneak Preview of NO PLACE ON EARTH

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 Directed by Janet Tobias

Language: English, Runtime: 83 minutes,

Year: 2012


About the film:

Let those who think they've heard every inspiring tale of Holocaust survival have a talk with Chris Nicola. His discovery of a cave where dozens of Jews waited out the Nazis is the subject of Janet Tobias's No Place on Earth, which not only uncovers their story but finds a handful of them still left to tell it. The astounding tale has strong arthouse appeal and looks like a natural for feature adaptation.

--The Hollywood Reporter


It started in 1993 when Chris Nicola was helping map Ukraine’s “gypsum giants,” some of the longest horizontal caves in the world and he came across the old and unexplainable objects. Locals told him that there were vague rumors of Jewish families hiding from the Nazis in caves during World War II. Impossible he thought, caves have some of the harshest environments on earth, and trying to get answers in a region where more than 95% of all Jews were killed during WWII seemed near impossible. But a bit in awe of the story and a bit obsessed, after nine years searching for answers, Nicola receives an unexpected email that let him uncover the cave’s secret.

NO PLACE ON EARTH is a documentary that plays like a feature film, bringing to life fear, bravery and youthful adventure. Artfully directed re-enactments help visualize the incomparable existences above and below ground; these scenes are narrated by actors whose script comes from Esther Stermer’s memoir We Fight to Survive and writing of other survivors. The film is further narrated by four real-life survivors who recount the harrowing twists and turns of evading capture; and describe how they were able to inhabit this harsh underground environment, build an extraordinary secret exit, and survive when discovered and buried alive by their former neighbors. At the war’s end, they emerged alive, some children having lived underground so long they were blinded by the sun they forgot existed.


Hamptons International Film Festival, Audience Award

Palm Springs International Film Festival, Best Documentary Feature Runner-up

Toronto International Film Festival, Official Selection


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James Bridges Theater, UCLA Melnitz 1409
405 Hilgard Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 7:30 PM (PDT)

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● A Graduate Student-run screening series of new sneak previews, LA premieres, and cult
or classic repertory films that runs twice weekly throughout the UCLA academic year. Films are frequently accompanied by special guests, cast or crew, Q&A sessions and more.

● Funded by the Graduate Students Association and ASUCLA Student Interaction Fund.

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