2020 Film Selections…
Our Film Selection Committee is narrowing down the final selections from the 70 or so films submitted for our 5-day 2020 Festival. As our films are finalized they will be added to the day-by-day pages. Check back for updates.
TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2019 — 5:00 PM @ CINE (88 MIN)
Guest Speaker Prof. Karen Myrhe
Karen Myrhe, Associate Professor of Chinese at UGA has a broad knowledge of Chinese history and culture (with a special interest in Chinese ghosts and monsters!). Perhaps it is not very well known, but China—Shanghai in particular—was a destination for some Jews seeking to escape pre-World War II Europe. Happily, Karen has agreed to help us understand some of the broader context of what must have been a dramatic clash of cultures.
“Above the Drowning Sea”
The film recounts the dramatic escape of Jews from Nazi Europe to China. When no country would take them, a door opened in far-away Shanghai, an “open city” in chaos from foreign invasion and civil war. Ho Feng Shan, the Chinese Consul in Vienna, defied his own government and the Gestapo to help the refugees. Jewish refugees and the Chinese who helped them recount their terrors and the remarkable friendships forged across cultures. Truly a story that could have been ripped from today’s headlines, the film celebrates the heroism of ordinary people caught in extraordinary circumstances.