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MATINEE: Wednesday, 8 November, 11:00am (Chinese 中文版): Buy Now
Sunday, 12 November, 2:45pm (English): Buy Now

Directors: Rene Balcer, Nicola Zavaglia | Canada | 2017 | Drama | English| 88 mins
12 November: Q&A with Director Rene Balcer following the film.
Kindly sponsored by Withers
Kindly supported by the Consulate General Canada in Hong Kong and Macau

Synopsis

On the eve of World War Two, tens of thousands of Jewish refugees were trapped in Nazi-controlled Vienna. This moving documentary tells the epic story of their dramatic escape to Shanghai, at a time when all other doors were closed to them. Sanctuary was provided thanks to the intervention of Chinese diplomat Ho Feng Shan, Chinese consul in Vienna, who defied the Nazis and his own government by issuing travel visas to the desperate refugees. This riveting film, narrated by ‘Scandal’ star Tony Goldwyn and Julianna Margulies,  tells the story from both the point of view of the refugees and the Chinese people who sheltered them. An inspiring and poetic tale about two peoples who found common cause and dignity in a world in chaos; especially poignant in light of today’s refugee crisis.

In lieu of a screening fee HKJFF will make a donation to a charity for refugees.

Official Selections:

2017:
JCC Manhattan, New York
The Asia Society, New York
USC, Annenberg Auditorium, Los Angeles
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Hot Springs AK
The Asia Society, Houston
Pace University, New York NY
Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival, Hong Kong
Columbia University, Butler Library Hall, New York

2018:
Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
Nanjing University, Nanjing, China
Yangzhou University, Yangzhou, China
Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Julianna Margulies (Narrator):
Margulies has won eight Screen Actor Guild Awards, which has made her the most awarded woman ever within SAG. In 2015, TIME featured her as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World”. She was also awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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