The Best of Men

Director: Tim Whitby
Genre: Narrative Feature
Country: UK
Year: 2012
Running Time: 90 min
Language: English
Date: Sunday, November 9, 7 pm
Location: Hiway Theater
Premiere Status: Philadelphia Premiere
Festivals & Awards: Official Selection Toronto Jewish Film Festival

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Ludwigg Guttman, a Jewish neurologist and refugee from Nazi Germany, is sent to the UK to take care of severely injured British serviceman. In learning that the hospital’s method of treatment is merely to manage the decline of its patients, he quickly initiates a radical new approach. Rather than view his patients as bedridden invalids, he instills the soldiers with agency and initiative. His goal: get these men as active as possible and help them rebuild their self-esteem. Of course, change is never met without its fair share of resistance. The Best of Men is the incredible true story of the events that led to the founding of the Paralympic Games. Eddie Marsan brilliantly delivers as Guttman, trumpeting relentless determination as the man responsible for changing the way paraplegics are viewed and treated throughout the world.

Special Guest: Alberto Esquenazi, MD, Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at MossRehab

Community Partner: The Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center

Sponsored By: Moss Rehab

Preceded by COURT
Director: Dekel Nitzan
Running time: 10 min

After some neighborhood misfits steal his son Uri’s basketball, Erez is forced to choose his strategy on the court. Will he avoid trouble and allow these kids to undermine his son and his manhood, or will he save face and fight for his son’s honor?