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Holocaust Haven in the Philippines
Thursday, 11/30/2023
4:00 - 6:30
Koret Auditorium
Main Library

100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

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This program has been postponed. Date to be determined. Thank you for your interest in our programs.

An Open Door is a feature-length documentary about the humanitarian efforts that President Manuel Quezon, U.S. High Commissioner Paul V. McNutt, and the Filipino and Jewish communities of Manila did in the 1930s to help refugee Jews escape Nazi Germany. Over 1,300 were able to come to the Philippines. There they found an open door and the open hearts of the Filipino people. Today, their descendants number well over 11,000 souls. It is a poignant reminder of what can be accomplished when a president with his people and partners, including members of the American community, muster the courage and the will to lend a helping hand to a people in need. It is written, produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Noel M. Izon and co-produced by author Sharon Delmendo. This is the third film in his World War II trilogy Forgotten Stories.

NR | 60 mins | 2016 | English | 

Izon is an independent filmmaker based in Hyattsville, MD. He was born in Tondo Manila in 1946, the year the Philippines attained full independence. He is the fifth child of acclaimed Filipino cartoonist and artist Esmeraldo Z.Izon.  Since moving to the United States in 1967, he has been involved in creative and broadcast design and production that encompass more than 250 international films and videos. He has won national awards for his work, which include some 100 nationally televised programs produced mainly for PBS and for National Geographic Television. He has produced films and videos for numerous national and international clients including the White House and the Vatican.


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