Nicky’s Family
by Phil Boatwright

FILM SYNOPSIS: Nicky's Family tells the story of Sir Nicholas Winton, now 104 years old, who in 1939 rescued 669 Czech and Slovak children, transporting them to England where they lived out the war.  Remarkably, Sir Winton never told anyone of his efforts and it was not until his wife, 50 years later, cleaned the attic and found his scrapbooks.  Since this discovery over 250 of his children have been located, and their heirs number approximately 6,000.  Nicky's Family is about how the actions of one man can and did change the world.  There is a worldwide petition supporting Sir Winton's nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.  This initiative was started by Czech school children and signatures now total close to 300,000.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Several films have addressed the bravery, sacrifice and determination to care for Jewish people during WWII, including The Scarlet and the Black, Schindler’s List, Remembering Anne Frank and The Hiding Place. Each have something in common, we are moved to be better people by film’s end. Same is true for Nicky’s Family. It reminds us that one instance of kindness can stay with a person his entire lifetime.

Nicky’s Family does include some real footage of war and death camps that’s difficult to view, but these scenes serve to remind younger generations of how evil can blind a nation. Just as important, viewers will feel a need to stand up against injustice and realize we aren’t here just to get the cottage by the sea or the biggest flat screen TV. We are on this planet to discover our character and to draw closer to God. Besides discovering God’s character by reading His Word, we find our own by caring for others.

Nicky’s Family is filled with heart-tugging moments and contains one of the most glorious endings I’ve ever seen in films. During a television salute to Nicholas Winton, the question is raised, “Is there anyone in our audience tonight who owes their life to Nicholas Winton?” The camera pans the audience. Each member stands.

In the film It’s a Wonderful Life, director Frank Capra reminds us that our compassion and responsibility make a difference in the lives of those with whom we come in contact. The things we say and do affect the lives of others. Nicky’s Family makes it clear that philosophy is true.

I can’t remember when a movie touched me so much.

Unrated (Suitable for 12 on up), 96 minutes.