Back in 2003 Winona gave her voice to “The Day My God Died“, a documentary telling the stories of young girls whose lives have been shattered by the child sex slave trade. Now, she’s once again narrating “It Tolls For Thee“, the story of Mary Elmes, an Irishwoman who fled Franco’s forces in civil war-torn Spain, risked her life to save Jewish prisoners from the gas chambers and was jailed by the Nazis. Mary Elmes has become the first Irish person to be honoured as “Righteous Among the Nations” by Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
According to The Times, the film started to be screened in Dublin this past weekend.
Through an intriguing conspiracy of circumstance and courage, Irishwoman Mary Elmes found herself centre stage in two of the major theatres of warfare in the twentieth century. During the civil war in Spain, Mary Elmes took the children away from the bombs raining down from German and Italian bombers. Yet within a few years the world was plunged into an even greater conflict and the first industrial scale attempt to eradicate an entire people had begun. Once more, ‘doing nothing’ was not an option for Mary.
Narrated by Winona Ryder and featuring a wealth of personal archive as well as contributions from those who were spared the death camps because of Mary Elmes, this is a story of unadulterated goodness set in a world of seemingly all-consuming darkness.