La Rafle (The Roundup)
Rose Bosch, 2010, 124 min.
French, German and Yiddish with English Subtitles
Open only to CUID holders and members of the Societe des Amis de la Maison Francaise
La Rafle is a dramatized film about the infamous Vel'd'Hiv Roundup that took place seventy years ago on July 16, 1942. On that day, French police carried out an extensive raid on foreign Jews in greater Paris, resulting in the arrest of more than 13,000 people - including 4,000 children. After spending several miserable days in the Vélodrome d'Hiver stadium with little food or water, families were deported to internment camps elsewhere in France and then, finally, to Auschwitz. By writer/director Rose Bosch, the film's script relies on extensive research and first-hand accounts, and raises important questions about the challenges of rendering such dark historical events through dramatized accounts.