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Film: The Rescuers

Hosted By: Sousa Mendes Foundation

What is the mystery of goodness? This question is at the core of the film The Rescuers by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Michael King who examines the stories of a dozen diplomat rescuers during the Holocaust. The film follows Stephanie Nyombayire, a young Rwandan anti-genocide activist, and Sir Martin Gilbert, the renowned Holocaust historian, as they travel across 15 countries and three continents interviewing survivors and descendants of the diplomats. A powerful and important film!

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Michael King

Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Michael King has produced, directed and written films for three decades. He is an Adjunct Professor of Film at Arizona State University, The Sidney Poitier New American Film School. His film Rapping with Shakespeare examines how an inner city English teacher used hip-hop and rap to help his students access the works of Shakespeare. King holds film degrees from the University of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Academy of Arts. He is currently developing the Rescuers Last Chance project — to tell the stories of all 35+ diplomats recognized as Righteous Among the Nations. King is a member of the Directors Guild of America. In 2009, he was awarded Switzerland’s Carl Lutz Medal of Freedom.
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Joyce D. Mandell

Joyce D. Mandell, the Executive Producer of The Rescuers, is a successful businesswoman and philanthropist who is actively involved in civic, arts and cultural organizations. She and her son, Bruce, have a long-time relationship with film director Michael King. She is past President and Chairman of the Board of the Greater Hartford Jewish Community Center, the first woman to serve in those positions, and presently serves as a Trustee for the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford. She is also involved in the Koby Mandell Foundation, whose goal is to help Israeli families cope with the emotional and psychological trauma that affects victims of terrorism.
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Dr. Mordecai Paldiel

Dr. Mordecai Paldiel headed the Righteous Among the Nations Department at Yad Vashem from 1982-2007. His books include The Path of the Righteous, Sheltering the Jews, Saving the Jews, Diplomat Heroes of the Holocaust, Saving One’s Own: Jewish Rescuers During the Holocaust and The Righteous Among the Nations. He teaches at Stern College and Touro College and serves on the Board of the Sousa Mendes Foundation. Thanks to his efforts, there is now a square named for Aristides de Sousa Mendes as well as a street named for Raoul Wallenberg, both in Jerusalem. He is a member of the B’nai Brith committee in Israel honoring Jewish rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust.
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Sousa Mendes Foundation

Founded in 2010, the Sousa Mendes Foundation is dedicated to honoring the memory of the Holocaust rescuer Aristides de Sousa Mendes and to educating the world about his good work.
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