Frederick, MD (PRWEB) November 03, 2013
Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge from the Holocaust tells the little-known story of a plan that helped 1,300 Jews escape Nazi Germany and immigrate to the Philippines.The documentary, produced by 3 Roads Communications in Frederick, Md., premiered in New York and Los Angeles this year, and aired on public television stations across the country.
Now, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht, Rescue will be screened on November 12 on Capitol Hill, and on Nov. 7 at the United Nations. On Nov. 9 - 10, 1938, Jewish homes and businesses throughout Germany and Austria were destroyed by Nazi storm troopers, and more than 30,000 Jewish men were arrested.
As part of the film screenings, 3 Roads Communications is partnering with Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics to donate pre-owned prosthetics for distribution in the Philippines through the Physicians for Peace. Ability has already collected more than $300,000 worth of limbs, and donations are being collected through the end of October.
3 Roads producers Russ Hodge and Cynthia Scott, and Ability CEO Jeff Brandt will present the donations at both premieres, and at the December 2013 premiere in the Philippines, to the President of the Republic of the Philippines Benigno Simeon Aquino III.Rescue premiers at Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Cannon Caucus Room in the Cannon House Office Building. The reception starts at 6:30 p.m.; the screening follows at 7:30 p.m.The United Nations screening will be on Nov. 7 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City at 6:30 p.m.
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Narrated by Liev Schreiber ,Rescue is the story of an eclectic group of poker buddies who acted in one of history’s darkest eras to save 1,300 Jews from Nazi Germany. The group consisted of Manuel Quezon, first president of the Philippines, Army Col. Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. High Commissioner Paul McNutt, and Cincinnati-based cigar makers, the Frieder brothers.
Since its public television premiere in April, Rescue has been shown over 850 times on 385 stations in 46 states, to widespread acclaim.
ABILITY’S PERSONAL CONNECTION
In 2009, Ability donated nearly $1 million in used prosthetics to Limbs for Peace, but this time a personal connection makes the donation even more meaningful. CEO Brandt’s grandfather, a WWII veteran, lost his leg during the Bataan Death March, and spent three years as a prisoner of war.
Joseph Masur carved a prosthetic out of maple and even wore it home from the war. The maple leg is on display at the International Museum of Science in Chicago, in the Beyond Broken Bones exhibit.
SOME REVIEWS OF THE FILM
“As heartbreaking as it is courageous.” The New York Times
“Gripping” Los Angeles Times
“Delivers an emotional punch, making Rescue in the Philippines a streamlined treat for non-fiction history buffs.” Rotten Tomatoes
“The film most powerfully illustrates how the vagaries and variables of seemingly unconnected events . . . can converge in ways that change the course of history.”
The Village Voice