Boca Raton Human Rights Foundation's film COMPLICIT is official selection at major film festivals
Jul. 17, 2014 - BOCA RATON, Fla.
The SS St Louis Legacy Foundation, a Boca Raton human rights foundation, has been invited to screen its feature length documentary film at numerous international film festivals. The film, COMPLICIT, is an official selection of the Montreal World Film Festival to be held August 22-29, 2014, and the Rhode Island International Film Festival to be held August 5-10, 2014. COMPLICIT explores the controversial topic of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the US State Department's response to the Holocaust. The film reveals the deeper political motivations of Roosevelt's refusal to help the Jewish refugees desperate to escape the clutches of Nazi terror. The film cotains rare archival footage of the refugee ship, SS St Louis, that was refused safe harbor in the US when 908 Jewish passengers anchored off the coast of Miami Beach in early June 1939. The film also contains footage of the first event apology by the US State Department for its failure to assist the Jewish refugees during the wartime period.
The film was also an official selection of two additional international film festivals held in the Spring 2014, the Australian International Jewish Film Festival and the Georgetown University Law School Equal Justice Film Festival.
The film, completed in March 2014, had a Florida premiere on May 12, 2014 at Beth Torah Benny Rok Synagogue in North Miami Beach. Rabbis Farber and Rojzman told SS St Louis Legacy Foundation Robert Krakow, Executive Director, that the screening at the synagogue was one of the most well received programs held by the synagogue.
The SS St Louis Legacy Project Foundation is a not for profit foundation whose mission is to bring "education through drama" presentations to universities, high schools and communities worldwide. The Foundation creates dialogue and discussion on the critical issues facing contemporary America such as human rights and refugee policy. The Foundation's recent educational programs, including theatrical performances at Los Angeles Jewish Home, Milwaukee Jewish Federation, and Creighton University, included a panel of surviving passengers who discussed their views on the moral dilemma and human rights implications of the denial of safe haven by the United States as well as their contributions to American society since their entry to the country following the war.
For information on the film COMPLICIT contact Ruth Ann Kalish, Associate Director SS St Louis Legacy Foundation and visit stlouislegacyproject.org and view the film trailer at YouTube.
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