Winner of the Audience Award at the 2012 Hamptons International Film Festival
No Place on Earth (directed by Janet Tobias) tells the harrowing story of 38 Ukrainian Jews from five families — ranging in age from 2 to 76 — who in 1942 slid down a cold, muddy hole in the ground, seeking refuge in a pitch-black cave from the war raging above. Their story was brought to light in the 1990s, when American Chris Nicola stumbled onto some unusual personal items (shoes, keys, old buttons, etc.) in caves he was exploring. When he heard the rumor that some Jews had hidden there during WWII, he tracked down and interviewed some of the survivors, learning that they had remained hidden underground for nearly 18 months, the longest recorded incidence of sustained underground survival. The film is a moving, extraordinary testament to human ingenuity, willpower and endurance against all odds.
Released in 2012
Running time: 83 minutes
10:00 am on Sun., Nov. 8th at The Earthbox
1:00 pm on Sun., Nov. 8th at SJCT’s Whittier Theater