Brighton & Hove Unite Against Fascism is holding a free viewing of French film ‘The Round Up’ tonight in Room G7, University of Brighton, Grand Parade – opposite the Royal Pavilion. The film is being shown in the run up to Holocaust Memorial Day on Sunday.
Former Councillor Leader Simon Burgess will be introducing the film;
“Last year we held a very successful showing of a film about Romani culture and music in the wake of the Dale Farm traveller evictions. This year we have chosen the The Round Up with its relevance today as we see the rise of the violent fascists in Greece Golden Dawn.
“The Round Up highlights how if ordinary people are complicit the haters can perpetrate terrible crimes but it also shows the difference people can make if they stand up against hate.”
A 2010 box office hit in France, Roselyne Bosch’s star-studded and tense drama throws a powerful light on one of the most disturbing episodes in recent French history. Based on meticulous research and told through the story of several Jewish families who find themselves taken unawares by the ferocious turn of events, the film portrays the few weeks in July 1942, when more than 13,000 Parisian Jews, including more than 4,000 children, were rounded up and taken to the now notorious Vel’ d’Hiv stadium.
A powerful and gripping treatment of a story ignored until relatively recently, The Round Up also features a prestigious cast including Jean Reno (The Da Vinci Code) Gad Elmaleh (Comme ton Pére) and Mélanie Laurent (Inglorious Basterds). (Judy Ironside).