Shanghai Documentary


Shot in six countries over four continents, a 90-minute documentary, Above the Drowning Sea, relates the dramatic escape of European Jews from Nazi-controlled Europe to Shanghai on the eve of World War II, when few countries opened their doors to Jewish refugees.

It relates how Ho Feng Shan, the Chinese Consul in Vienna, defied his government and braved the Gestapo to issue 5,000 visas to the refugees, enabling them to reach Shanghai.

In the prize-winning documentary, Jewish refugees and the Chinese residents of Shanghai who helped them survive in China under Japanese occupation recount their experiences, terrors and deprivations, and friends and families reunite decades after the war.



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