NOBODY WANTS US

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Showings

Cinema Arts Centre - Cinema 1 Sun, Feb 2 10:00 AM

Description

Co-presented with the Sousa Mendes Foundation

Hosted by Fred Craden

NOBODY WANTS US

Sunday, February 2nd -  Bagels at 10 am, Film at 11 am

Members $15 | Public $20

Guest speakers: Filmmaker Laura Seltzer-Duny, Dr. Olivia Mattis, President and COO, Sousa Mendes Foundation, and Gerald Mendes, grandson of Aristides de Sousa Mendes

In 1940, a ship called the S.S. Quanza left the port of Lisbon carrying several hundred Jewish refugees to freedom.  Most of them held life-saving visas issued by the Holocaust rescuer Aristides de Sousa Mendes.  But events went terribly wrong, and the passengers became trapped on the ship because no country would take them in. Nobody Wants Us tells the gripping true story of how Eleanor Roosevelt stepped in to save the passengers on board because of her moral conviction that they were not “undesirables” (as the US State Department labeled them) but rather, “future patriotic Americans.” This is an episode in American history that everyone needs to know. (USA, 2019, English | Dir. Laura Seltzer-Duny)