wednesday 9 april


(dir Robert Gardner, USA, 2014, 60 min)

The extraordinary story of WWII British secret agent, “Spy Princess” Noor Inayat Khan, whose heroism transcended race and religion as she risked her life in the French Resistance; she was later awarded the U.K.’s George Cross and France’s Croix de Guerre. Co-sponsored by the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies, UMass.

Introduction by Lara Curtis, UMass. The director will be present.

7:30pm UMass Amherst
137 Isenberg School of Management



Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story official website

Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story reveals the courage, strength and compassion of Noor Khan as her Muslim faith inspired her to risk everything to battle Nazi oppression. She is a source of inspiration for anyone working for freedom and justice today.” — Dalia Mogahed, author of Who Speaks for Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think [Official website | Facebook page | Event poster]

Robert Gardner bio [view/hide]

Photo of Robert Gardner In a career that spans forty years, documentary film producer, director, and writer ROBERT GARDNER has been nominated for an Academy Award, won three National Emmy Awards, four regional Emmys, a duPont Columbia award, for excellence in broadcast journalism from Columbia University, the American Association for the Advancement of Science; Journalism Award for Television, and a variety of special awards.   His production company, Gardner Films, has produced for commercial and public television in the United States and internationally for over twenty-five years.  He has lectured on documentary filmmaking at Johns Hopkins University, Goucher College, The American Film Institute, The American University, and Wesleyan University.

VIDEO: Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story trailer [view/hide]
Lara Curtis bio [view/hide]

LARA CURTIS, Assistant Director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, holds masters degrees in French and Francophone Studies and Comparative Literature. She is a PhD candidate specializing in Holocaust Studies and completing a dissertation on women writers operative in the French Resistance during World War II. She has taught many courses on European film and literature. Among her recent writings are essays on ‘Beur’ Cinema, the films of Karin Albou and Alain Resnais, and a study on the aesthetics of Holocaust documentaries, which earned an Honorable Mention in Film Studies. She is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and is Program Chair of Women’s Philanthropy, a Division of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts.