Michael W. King – Filmmaker – Producer – Director – Rescuers
While Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List illuminated the previously little-known story of a German businessman who saved hundreds of Jews from the concentration camps during WWII, there were many such heroes who defied the Nazis to save countless Jews from a similar fate—chief among them the 13 diplomats whose efforts are documented in this riveting documentary from Emmy-winning filmmaker Michael King and Executive Producer Joyce D. Mandell.
The film traces the journey of Stephanie Nyombayire, a young Rwandan anti-genocide activist who teams up with Sir Martin Gilbert, the renowned Holocaust historian, to travel across 15 countries and three continents interviewing survivors and descendants of the diplomats who rescued tens of thousands of Jews from the unspeakable horrors of the Nazi death camps. While Nyombayire embarks upon this quest in an effort to uncover potential solutions for the ongoing genocide in Darfur and elsewhere, what emerges from their journey is more a testament to the ways in which the inherent good in the human spirit can trump institutional evil no matter what the circumstance.
Michael W. King Filmmaker Producer Director of Rescuers
Michael King has produced, directed and written documentaries, music videos and feature films for over two decades. Currently he’s developing a feature film Awake in the Dark about a soldier’s long journey home with post traumatic stress, written by Academy Award nominated writer Richard Friedenberg (A River Runs Through It). Also he’s directing a feature length documentary about TBI/PTS in association with the Department of Defense, National Intrepid Center of Excellence, and Warrior Canine Connection titled Intrepid ( see trailer ) for release in mid 2014.
Joyce D. Mandell
is a successful businesswoman and philanthropist who is actively involved in civic, arts and cultural organizations. She and her son, Bruce, have a long-time relationship with Emmy award winning director Michael King. Several years ago, they introduced him to accounts of heroism by diplomats who saved Jews during WWII. Michael was so taken by these accounts that he developed a concept for a documentary focusing on these diplomats. Joyce was so taken by the unique perspective of the concept that she and Bruce quickly committed to financially support the project. Joyce agreed to serve as executive producer.