The first film in the 2016 Sandra and Mendel Rosenberg Sunday Afternoon Film Series will be The Port of Last Resort, screening at 1:00 pm on January 31. The screening will take place in the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center’s theatre at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis Kopolow Building at 12 Millstone Campus Drive. This award-winning documentary focuses on the story of nearly 20,000 European Jewish refugees who fled to Shanghai from 1938 to 1941. Shanghai, a free port that did not require papers for entry, became the “last resort” for many Jews seeking a safe haven from the Nazis. This film, produced in 1999 with a running time of 80 minutes, was scheduled to complement the HMLC’s current exhibit, “An Odd and Improbable Tale: Jewish Refugees in Shanghai.”
Introductory remarks and a post screening discussion will be facilitated by the film’s writer and director, award-winning media artist Joan Grossman. Films in this Sunday series are free and open to the public, although reservations are requested. For further information, call 314-442-3711 or email AGoldfeder@JFedSTL.org.