FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RESCUE IN THE PHILIPPINES: REFUGE FROM THE HOLOCAUST; ACQUIRED BY CNN PHILIPPINES
Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge from the Holocaust
Acquired by CNN Philippines
3 Roads Communications and Frieder films are proud to announce that their film, Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge from the Holocaust , has been acquired for broadcast by CNN in the Philippines. The agreement provides for four broadcasts of the Academy Award-qualifying documentary within the next year on CNN in the Philippines. The first broadcast will take place on the evening of Saturday, April 11.
Rescue in the Philippines details the heroic and prescient actions of an unlikely band of friends in rescuing more than 1,300 Jews from pre-World War II Nazi Germany. The distinguished group of rescuers included Manuel Quezon, the first elected President of the Philippines; then-Col Dwight Eisenhower, an aide to Gen Douglas MacArthur; Paul McNutt, the U.S. High Commissioner for the Philippines; and the five Frieder Brothers of Cincinnati, who owned cigar factories in the Philippines. Working together, often over cigars and poker, they devised a plan to exploit the Philippines quasi-independent status to secure the rescue of the Jews.
“We are delighted to bring this little-known story to the people of the Philippines,” said Dr. Barbara Sasser of Frieder Films, granddaughter of one of the film’s protagonists, and a Co-Producer of the film.
“We are hopeful that this film will help Filipinos learn of the extraordinary courage and humanity of their first elected President, Manuel Quezon,” said Peggy Ellis, Sasser’s cousin and a Co-Producer of the film.
“The film resonates with the theme of moral courage,” said Cynthia Scott, Co-Executive Producer of Rescue in the Philippines. “These men risked everything to save people they didn’t even know. We hope it serves as an example of how humanity can be elevated by people willing to stand up and be counted, despite the risks.”
Rescue in the Philippines has been broadcast more than 2000 times on public television stations throughout the United States. It has been screened at the United Nations; by President Aquino at Malacanan Palace in Manila; and at the United States Congress. In 2013, it qualified for an Academy Award.
CNN Philippines is a new Filipino news and current affairs channel on free TV owned and operated by Nine Media Corporation. It launches on March 16, 2015, replacing 9 TV. CNN Philippines will be the local franchise of CNN, one of the most trusted international cable & satellite news channels worldwide.
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For an electronic press kit, please visit: http://3roads.com/presskit/rescue-in-the-philippines/
Contact: Russell Hodge
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 9th / Manhattan / 6:00 – 8:30 pm
March 2015 Screening in New York City
Kalayaan Hall, Philippine Center / 556 Fifth Ave. btw 45th & 46th St.
Presented by The Women’s Auxiliary Club of Congregation Emanu-el in co-operation with
The Philippine Consulate General of the Republic of the Philippines
Speakers: Refugee Ralph Preiss and Philippine Consulate General New York Mario L. DeLeon, Jr.
Reception and film – $70
For more information: email – firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 744-1400 ext 235
March 9th / Manhattan / 6:00 – 8:30 pm
What the critics are saying…
As children, Jane Frieder Ellis and Alice Frieder Weston could hear their fathers’ poker games from their bedroom in their Manila home. But the cousins didn’t know the high-stakes discussions going on during those smoke-filled sessions.
It’s likely that none but the most ardent scholars are aware of the role the Philippines played in saving Jewish lives while much of the rest of the world looked the other way. – a chilling observation by one survivor – “How could anyone have known that [the horror of Nazi Germany] would get to be what it did?” she asks. “And you know what? I think it could happen again anywhere.”
Holocaust Heroism in the Philippines: The fascinating documentary “Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge From the Holocaust,” with narration by Liev Schreiber, recounts a little-known chapter of World War II heroism that is as heartbreaking as it is courageous. While much of the world was reluctant to help early victims of Nazi Germany, an effort devised in Manila during late-night poker games eventually delivered more than 1,200 European Jews to safety in the tropics.
Although it runs just under an hour, the gripping documentary “Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge From the Holocaust” proves a thorough look at a lesser-known chapter in Holocaust-era history.
This Untold Saga Involving Presidents, Cigars, and Poker, Tells a Gripping and Inspirational True Story of Moral Courage.
Who could have imagined that cigars and poker would be the main ingredients in the recipe of rescue of Jews on the cusp of World War II? Narrated by Liev Schreiber and with a promo quote from Eisenhower’s granddaughter, Susan Eisenhower as “A story for all time,” this 3 Roads Communications film puts the gutsy president Quezon on the map as a Righteous Gentile alongside Oskar Schindler.
Though of different faiths and cultural backgrounds, the team worked together to extricate Jews from Germany and Austria, issue visas and bring them to Manila. It wasn’t easy. The noose had already started to tighten around the Jews of Europe, and the State Department wasn’t keen on the rescue effort.
What the film most powerfully illustrates is how the vagaries and variables of seemingly unconnected events (Japan’s conquest of China in 1937, a year before Kristallnacht) and unimportant human connections (the poker games President Quezon hosted, with guests including U.S. politicians and the Frieders) can converge in ways that change the course of history.
Painstakingly researched, finely crafted – and entertaining to boot – Rescue in the Philippines shares a story that has to be seen to be believed. With all of the drama usually reserved for a Hollywood art film, Rescue in the Philippines will inspire you with its heights of human compassion, and horrify you with it’s antithesis: The horrors of war and the destruction of the Nazi menace.
The fascinating documentary “Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge From the Holocaust,” with narration by Liev Schreiber, recounts a little-known chapter of World War II heroism that is as heartbreaking as it is courageous.