ABOVE THE DROWNING SEA
Directed by Rene Balcer & Nicola Zavaglia
Monday May 7th • 3:30pm • Innis Town Hall
Thursday May 10th • 6:00pm • Cineplex Empress Walk
We are very excited to co-present this heartwarming documentary about the Jews, and their descendants, who fled Nazi Europe to Shanghai during World War II. The 26th annual Toronto Jewish Film Festival runs from May 3–13.
Issued by the Chinese Consul General in Vienna at great peril to his own life, “Golden Visas” allowed Jewish refugees to come to Shanghai, a city that was itself in chaos from foreign invasion. Above the Drowning Sea follows the lifelong friendships that developed among the people of Shanghai and the Jews who survived the war, creating new lives for themselves in this safe haven. In the context of today’s refugee crisis, the film is a timely reminder of those who acted so heroically years ago. Narrated by Julianna Margulies.