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Moment in Time, A: The United Colours of Bronstein

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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Judy Films
Closed Captioned:
Running Time: 50 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2001
Available in French: No

The word “saint” is easily inspired by people like Naomi Bronstein. Aside from its religious connotations, the word fails to capture the complexity of what motivates those who sacrifice their safety and all other purpose to expose themselves to the heart of darkness. Naomi Bronstein, a complicated woman from a comfortable middle-class Montreal background is the subject of “A Moment in Time”. In 1975, Bronstein arranged for the evacuation of 240 orphaned babies from Saigon. The plane crashed and 140 died. The moment of the crash has reverberated through Bronstein's life and driven her on. She has opened homes for starving and abandoned children from Vietnam to Cambodia to Guatemala. She has persuaded American and Canadian hospitals to provide free medical care for desperately sick children from other countries. She has arranged hundreds of adoptions and, along the way, collected a huge family of her own.