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.

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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.

January 2015 Screenings Around the World

January 2015 Screenings Around the World


Jan. 18th / Las Vegas / 7:00 pm

Adelson Educational Campus / 9700 W. Hillpointe Rd
Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival
More information on tickets for this and other films can be found at:

Jan. 27th / New York / 5:30-7:30 pm / By Invitation only

Sony Wonder Technology Lab / 550 Madison Ave. @ 56th St.
Sponsored by UJA-Federation of New York
Q & A with Dick Frieder and Philippine Ambassador to the United Nations, Libran Cabactulan

Jan. 29th / Rishon Lezion, Israel / Ceremony for Philippines – Israel Joint Stamp Issuance

Co- launched by the Philippine Embassy in Israel and the Israel Philatelic Service.
Excerpts of “Rescue in the Philippines” will be shown
Contact: Pam Durian-Bailon -
Embassy Email:


“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…

This Untold Saga Involving Presidents, Cigars, and Poker, Tells a Gripping and Inspirational True Story of Moral Courage.Covering Media