A film by Diane Perelsztejn


Escape to the Rising Sun documents the experience of 20.000 Jews who fled Nazi persecutions in Europe and took refuge in Shanghai, China, during World War II. For several thousands of them, escape meant travelling through the Soviet Union and Japan before eventually reaching Shanghai. Throughout the Japanese occupation the refugees were completely cut off from the outside world. After the liberation, they began leaving for new homes in Europe, the United States, Israel and Australia.

Director and writer Diane Perelsztejn Survivre à Shanghai
Images Guido Van Rooy
Editing Ewald Wels
Producer assistant Trudie van Os
Director assistant Héléna de Meerleer
Sound Daniel Pilatte
Sofica Nauwelaerts
Music Christophe Barwinek
Producers Diane Perelsztejn
Willy Perelsztejn

95 minutes – 16mm – Stereo – Colour

A coproduction of Les Films de la Mémoire – ZDF – RTBF

With the support:

  • Of the French-speaking Community of Belgium
  • Of the Hoso-Bunka Foundation
  • Of the Japan Foundation
  • Of the Banpaku Foundation
  • Of the Rich Foundation
  • Of BABEL, European Funds for Audiovisual multilinguism
  • Of the City College, The City University of New York
  • Of the Memorial Foundation for the Jewish Culture
  • Of the National Cinematography Centre

Prize of the City of Strasbourg & Prize of the Universities : 19th Film Festival of Strasbourg – Institut International des Droits de l’Homme, France – 1991

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