Philippine Premiere - Malacanan Palace, Aug. 7, 2014

“Rescue in the Philippines:Refuge from the Holocaust” reached a significant milestone in extending its worldwide reach with its Philippine Premiere on August 7th, 2014 at Malacanang Palace.  Hosted by President Benigno S. Aquino III, who was in attendance, other dignitaries present were US Ambassador to the Philippines, Philip Goldberg, as well as Israeli Embassy deputy of mission Adam Levene, and Philippine Secretary of Education Bro. Armin Luistro.

Joining us at the Palace were 3 survivors, all of whom are featured in the film, 19 members of the Frieder family, and 26 descendants of President Quezon, as well as executives from some of the largest companies doing business in the Philippines.

Video footage of comments made by executive director Russell Hodge, co-producers Barbara Sasser and Peggy Ellis, and President Aquino can be seen by clicking the links below.

President Aquino lll

Russ Hodge

Barbara Sasser

Peggy Ellis

The President’s premiere is an important milestone in our journey thus far, however other goals are still to be achieved. Contact us if you would like to support any of the goals listed below. For more information on the goals click here.

Distribution of our Educational Guide to Schools throughout the USA

Broadcast of “Rescue” on International Television

Free online access to over 40 full length interviews rich with history and stories but no time to include in our 1 hour film.

February 2015 Screenings in Manila, Philippines

February 2015 Screenings in Manila, Philippines

Feb. 12th / Manila / 3:00 pm / American School Reunion – by invitation only
Infinity Tower Suites Hotel / 109 H.V. de la Costa St, cor Leviste St, Salcedo Village, Makati
Contact: Jack Rodriguez – Philippine phone number 09188885225 !!

Feb. 28th / Manila / 3:30 pm / Conference – Manila, My City at War!
Filipinas Heritage Library / Ayala Museum / 3rd Floor / Dela Rosa corner Makati Avenue, Makati City, Metro Manila !

For more information about this screening and other sessions of the conference,
email, or call (02) 759-8288 local 45 or 36.


“Rescue in The Philippines” is a one-hour documentary of the previously untold story of how the five Frieder brothers, Cincinnati businessmen making two-for-a-nickel cigars in pre-WWII Manila, together with Manuel Quezon, the charismatic first president of the Philippines, Paul McNutt, US High Commissioner and former governor of Indiana (preparing for his own presidential campaign) and an ambitious Army Colonel named Dwight Eisenhower -  helped 1,200 Jews escape the Nazis and immigrate to the Philippines.


What the critics are saying…

Narrated by the ubiquitous documentary voice of Liev Schreiber—the story receives a gripping, uplifting treatment that reminds us that there are still yet unsung heroes of this tragic chapter in human history.  This hour-long film details the noble efforts of a fascinatingly disparate group of figures–ranging from that country’s first president, Manuel Quezon, to a quintet of Jewish cigar manufacturer siblings from Cincinnati—to step where many other countries feared to tread.The Hollywood Reporter