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The Rescuers (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 5 January 2011 (USA)
The film traces the journey of Stephanie Nyombayire, a young Rwandan anti-genocide activist who teams up with Sir Martin Gilbert, the renowned Holocaust historian, to travel across 15 ... See full summary »


Michael King
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Credited cast:
Martin Gilbert Martin Gilbert ... Himself
Agnes Hirschi Agnes Hirschi ... Survivor
Peter Vagi Peter Vagi ... Survivor
Berl Shor Berl Shor ... Survivor
Sylvia Smollar Sylvia Smollar ... Survivor
Sebastian Mendes Sebastian Mendes ... Son of Aristides De Sousa Mendes
Leo Goldberger Leo Goldberger ... Survivor
Gustav Goldberger Gustav Goldberger ... Survivor
Michael Kaufman Michael Kaufman ... Survivor
Stephanie Nyombayire Stephanie Nyombayire ... Herself
Inge Samson Inge Samson ... Survivor


The film traces the journey of Stephanie Nyombayire, a young Rwandan anti-genocide activist who teams up with Sir Martin Gilbert, the renowned Holocaust historian, to travel across 15 countries and three continents interviewing survivors and descendants of the diplomats who rescued tens of thousands of Jews from the unspeakable horrors of the Nazi death camps. While Nyombayire embarks upon this quest in an effort to uncover potential solutions for the ongoing genocide in Darfur and elsewhere, what emerges from their journey is more a testament to the ways in which the inherent good in the human spirit can trump institutional evil no matter what the circumstance. Written by Palm Springs Internation Film Festival

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English | Polish | German | Danish

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5 January 2011 (USA) See more »

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The Rescuers: Heroes of the Holocaust See more »

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"Love your neighbor as yourself."
23 December 2011 | by tennieltaoSee all my reviews

The Rescuers is a sophisticated documentary. It reveals the true picture of what happened in the genocide in Rwanda and in the Holocaust during WWII. Instead of telling the cruel side of the history, it tells stories about how diplomats of different countries and different races saved large numbers of Jews; how they risk their lives to save people that they had never met before.

It has a remarkable depth. Sir Martin and Nyombayire interviewed survivors and descendants of the diplomats, making the documentary trustworthy and persuasive. Moreover, by knowing the motives behind their heroic sacrifice, we can consider what kind of person we want to be and what we can do to help people around us.

Unfairness and racial discrimination do not just exist in history, but also the present civilized world and society that we are living in. This movie hopes that the people with power, the present diplomats as well as each and everyone of us, can try using our power in a positive and contributive way, to save lives that suffer inequality and disparity, and to love our neighbor as ourselves.

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