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An Unknown Country: The Jewish Exiles of Ecuador ()


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Story of European Jews who fled Europe escaping the Nazi terror to find refuge in an unlikely destination: Ecuador -- barely known at the time.

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Anne Anker
Kurt Freund
Pablo Freund ...
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Alberto Enriquez Gallo ...
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Vera Kohn
Werner M. Loval
Moselio Schaechter

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Eva Zelig

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Eva Zelig ... (writer)

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Beata Poźniak ... co-producer (as Beata Pozniak)
Terence Taylor ... producer
Eva Zelig ... executive producer / producer

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Stephen Graziano

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Steve Baum

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Terence Taylor

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Zach McNees ... sound editor

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Godofredo Astudillo ... additional photography / videographer
Steve Baum ... videographer
German Duque ... camera operator / videographer
Jeff Hurn ... videographer
Duncan Scott ... additional photography / videographer
Terence Taylor ... videographer

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Terence Taylor ... animator

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Plot Summary

'An Unknown Country' is an independent documentary that tells the story of European Jews who escaped Nazi persecution to find refuge in an unlikely destination: Ecuador, a South American republic barely known at the time. Featuring first hand accounts, the film chronicles their harrowing search for a country that would take them in when most had closed their doors. It explores the exiles' perilous escape and difficult adjustment as they remade their lives in what was for them an exotic, unfamiliar land. It also highlights their contributions to the economic, scientific, artistic, and social life of their host country. The film fulfills a vital mission in preserving the stories of those who witnessed and endured one of the most harrowing periods of the twentieth century.

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  • An Unknown Country
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  • 94 min
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Budget $100,000 (estimated)

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