China and Inner Asia

Film Screening

Above the Drowning Sea

Friday, March 23
12:35 PM - 2:07 PM
Location: Taft, Mezzanine Level

Directed by Rene Balcer and Nicola Zavaglia.
2017. China. 92 minutes.
In-person Q&A with Rene Balcer and Carolyn Hsu-Balcer. .


On the eve of WWII, tens of thousands of Jewish refugees are trapped in Nazi-controlled Vienna. This film recounts the courageous intervention of Ho Feng Shan, the Chinese Consul in Vienna who defied his own government and braved the Gestapo to issue visas to the refugees. It is the epic story of their escape to Shanghai, as told by Jewish refugees and the Chinese who helped them survive.

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