The Rescuers


Year: 2011
Country: USA
Run Time: 94 minutes

Poignant stories of dramatic rescue and self-sacrifice make THE RESCUERS a compelling film about genocide and those who have resisted its consuming wave of violence. By examining the brave actions of defiant international diplomats who saved thousands of Jews from the death camps in World War II, Stephanie Nyombayire—a young Rwandan peace activist—hopes to prevent future genocides and shed light on her homeland's recent atrocities. She embarks on a journey with acclaimed Holocaust historian Sir Martin Gilbert, recording the remarkable stories of those who experienced the miracle of rescue. The stories they uncover are a testament to the efforts of so many unsung heroes who risked their lives, breaking laws and defying the commands of their superiors, towards the most crucial cause of all; the preservation of human life. As fewer and fewer Holocaust survivors remain to tell their stories, Michael King's emotional documentary provides a crucial new perspective on the resistance to genocide that should be a valuable resource for generations to come. – S.H.

Michael King

Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou

Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano

Mathieu Vadepied

Dorian Rigal-Ansous

Principal Cast
François Cluzet, Omar Sy

Director Bio
Michael King is an Emmy award winning American producer, writer, and director. A graduate of Connecticut College, he recently received the 2010 Harriet Buescher Lawrence '34 Prize for his lifework in film and television. In 2009, he was awarded Switzerland's Carl Lutz Medal of Freedom.

Select Filmography
"Making A Living" (1995), "Vanity Kills" (1997), "Bangin'" (1999), "Rapping with Shakespeare" (2008), "Crenshaw Nights" (2008), THE RESCUERS (2011)

Print Source

Menemsha Films


Community Partner

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

Facing History and Ourselves

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