URI Hillel presents Academy Award nominated film

Discussion with filmmaker David Shamoon follows

“In Darkness,” nominated for best foreign film for 2012, is based on a true story. Leopold Socha, a sewer worker and petty thief in a Nazi occupied city in Poland, one day encounters a group of Jews trying to escape the liquidation of the ghetto. He hides them, for money, in the labyrinth of the town’s sewers beneath the bustling activity of the city.

What begins as a straightforward and cynical business arrangement turns into something very unexpected: the unlikely alliance between Socha and the Jews as the enterprise seeps deeper into Socha’s conscience.

The film is an extraordinary story of survival, as these men, women and children try to outwit certain death during 14 months of ever-increasing and intense danger. This particular screening, however, will be enhanced by the presence of the screenwriter Shamoon, who will introduce the film and lead a discussion afterwards.

Film and discussion: Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m., Swan Hall Auditorium, University of Rhode Island, 60 Upper College Road, Kingston, R.I. The film is free and open to the public

For more information; amyolson@mail.uri.edu or call 401-874-2740.