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Saturday, January 20 at 7:30pm Michael-Ann Russell JCC
Sunday, January 21 at 3:30pm Miami Theater Center

Canada | 96 minutes | 2024

Boy in the Woods

US Premiere

This powerful saga of courage and compassion is based on the astonishing true-life story of Maxwell Smart (played by Jeff Klyne from WandaVision and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), a young Jewish boy who lost his entire family in the Holocaust yet survived the Nazi occupation of Eastern Europe by hiding in the forests of Poland. Maxwell was only eleven years old when his entire family was killed before his eyes. His mother's selfless act of ordering him to save himself in the midst of this tragedy allowed him to miraculously escape. Alone in the forest, he created a makeshift shelter by digging a hole in the ground and foraging for food in farmers' fields. His clothes in rags and close to starvation, he repeatedly escaped death at the hands of Nazis. In an atmosphere of genocide, he had the smarts and willpower to simply continue to exist and somehow keep alive his Jewish faith. Max's epic tale and harrowing journey of survival is an inspiring testament to the indomitable human spirit. Emerging from the brutality of war, he eventually became a celebrated artist, sharing with the world his beautiful creations as a stark contrast to the horrors he endured. Also starring Richard Armitage from The Hobbit trilogy, The Boy in the Woods is a remarkably urgent timely reminder of a period in history that should never be forgotten.

The special premiere event will feature director Rebecca Snow and producer & survivor Maxwell Smart in attendance to introduce the film and participate in a Q&A afterward.

Director's Bio

Directed by Rebecca Snow

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Rebecca Snow was born in London, England, and developed a passion for filmmaking during her time as a researcher and script supervisor on a BBC drama series about ancient Rome. Her credits include producing shows for prestigious networks like NBC, CBC, and the History Channel. Notable programs she has contributed to include "Hunting Nazi Treasure" and "Hitler’s Last Stand." In 2018, she won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Direction in her documentary Real Vikings: Viking Women.

Cast and Credits


Rebecca Snow


Rebecca Snow, Maxwell Smart


Adam Madrzyk


Robert Swartz


Jett Klyne, Richard Armitage, Christopher Heyerdahl

Film Info






96 minutes


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