Winnipeg, MB– What is behind the “mystery of goodness” that leads people to accomplish great deeds for the sake of others? That was the underlying question that connected Rwandan anti-genocide activist Stephanie Nyombayire to Sir Martin Gilbert, world renowned historian and Holocaust expert in the film, The Rescuers.
The stirring and inspiring documentary The Rescuers follows the two unlikely partners as they delve into the past and get to know the stories of heroic non-Jews who saved Jews during the Holocaust. The Rescuers is different from other films in that it ties the Holocaust history to contemporary genocides – which hits close to home for our young activist, Nyombayire, as much of her family was murdered during the Rwandan genocide in the 1990’s. Sir Martin Gilbert on the other hand was among the children evacuated to Canada during the Battle of Britain, and he went on to write definitive histories of the Final Solution.
Over the course of three years, Emmy award-winning director Michael King and his crew followed Nyombayire and Gilbert across the globe to far flung locations, including the Greek island of Rhodes, England, Hungary, France, Poland, Germany, Denmark, Israel, Lithuania and Rwanda. Nyombayire and Gilbert talk to survivors, their descendants, and embassy and museum officials who share the hidden history of bold diplomats and the people they saved. Some of the stories are well known but most of their tales have remained untold until now. Nyombayire and Gilbert explore and contemplate the past in a quest, in part, to understand what should be done to stop the ongoing genocide in Darfur and elsewhere.
The Rady Jewish Community Centre is proud to present a special screening of The Rescuers during Tarbut – Festival of Jewish Culture on Sunday, November 13 at 7:30 pm. Emmy award winning filmmaker Michael King will be there to introduce the film and will hold a post-screening Q & A session. The Rescuers is quickly catching everyone’s attention and is even being touted as an Academy Award contender for Best Documentary Film. The film has also been picked up for North America distribution in early 2012.
Mr. King’s has produced, directed and written documentaries, music videos and a feature film for the last twenty years. In 1991, his MTV music video on Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech “I Have A Dream” received national recognition. He later produced, directed and wrote a PBS documentary in 1995 called “Making A Living the African-American Experience” featuring Joe Morton. In1997, he directed and wrote his first feature film “Vanity Kills“ in the Czech Republic.
SOURCE: Winnipeg Jewish Review