• An inspiring story about survival, love & aging

  • The Man with a Beautiful Smile

     

     

    This documentary offers an intimate look at the everyday realia of a senior’s life in Manhattan. The reflections of an elderly, but exceptionally vital man. A man with a beautiful smile, a big heart and a great spirit of generosity, who approached this world with a large portion of human kindness, graciousness and wisdom, as well as his own special sense of humor.

     

     

  • THE STORY

     A key part of this documentary-in-progress provides an insight into the everyday life of an almost 100-year-old New Yorker in the 21st century. It presents the unique personal biography of George Sachs against the background of historic events in Europe (in the first half of the 20th century) and in the USA (in the second half of the 20th century). This unique and winding journey begins in Prague, in what was then Czechoslovakia, continuing through the Theresienstadt concentration camp and forced labor camps in Germany, before reaching the final destination – the United States, and New York City.

     

  • George Sachs

    Over the course of time

    1945

    1968

    2018

    With Eva, 1948

  • TRAILER

     

    unofficial extended trailer

  • OUTLINE

    This is a STORY OF A SHOAH SURVIVOR from Prague, a man who lost his whole family during the Holocaust and fled his homeland when the totalitarian Communist regime took over in Czechoslovakia in 1948.

     

    This is a LOVE STORY that lasted 67 years, beginning after the end of World War II. This is a story of a man who dedicated his whole life to the well-being and happiness of his beloved wife Eva, also a Holocaust survivor.

    This is a STORY OF A JEWISH IMMIGRANT in the Trump era – one who is convinced that today’s America is not the America of where he arrived in 1949 following the AMERICAN DREAM. A man who became a successful American footwear company executive, a widely respected New Yorker, and a businessman who travelled the world.

    This is a STORY OF AN ALMOST 100-YEAR-OLD SENIOR LIVING IN MANHATTAN, a story about personal history, memories and aging. It is a story of everyday struggles that come with advanced age. It is also a story of vanishing old New York. It encourages one to think about the values prevalent in the world today. Most of all it is an uncommonly inspirational and heartening tale.

    This is also part of MY OWN STORY. My name is Monika Hankova, and I have spent a couple of years staying at the Fifth Avenue apartment, sharing it with this man with a beautiful smile. A man with a big heart, a generosity of spirit, and a tremendous sense of humor, who approached this world with a great portion of human kindness and wisdom. A man who profoundly touched my life.

     

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