Screening of ‘The Rescuers’
THE RESCUERS uncovers the largely unknown stories of 13 heroic and courageous diplomats who, at tremendous personal cost, saved tens of thousands of Jews during World War II. The film follows Stephanie Nyombayire, a young Rwandan anti-genocide activist who lost 100 members of her family in the Rwandan Genocide of the 1990s, and Sir Martin Gilbert, the renowned 20th century and Holocaust historian, as they travel across 15 countries and three continents interviewing survivors and descendants of the diplomats. Nyombayire and Gilbert explore “the mystery of goodness” and “moral courage in the face of danger” in contemplating the horrors of the past, in part, to better understand what should be done to stop the ongoing genocide in Darfur and elsewhere.
Often going against their own government policies, many of the World War II diplomats, who were not Jewish, willingly sacrificed their careers, families and livelihood, working desperately to save people they didn’t know. Their actions raise the question of the mystery of goodness. What leads one person and not another, to do the right thing regardless of the consequences they may face? What causes one human being to bypass praise or reward for his action, and just do something good and right because his instinct, soul and spirit knew he had to, at all costs and by any means necessary?
Executive Producer Joyce D. Mandell and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Michael King.
Watch the trailer here
Doors open at 15:45 (GMT)