The film traces the journey of Stephanie Nyombayire, a young Rwandan anti-genocide activist who teams up with Sir Martin Gilbert, the renowned Holocaust historian, to travel across 15 ...
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The film traces the journey of Stephanie Nyombayire, a young Rwandan anti-genocide activist who teams up with Sir Martin Gilbert, the renowned Holocaust historian, to travel across 15 countries and three continents interviewing survivors and descendants of the diplomats who rescued tens of thousands of Jews from the unspeakable horrors of the Nazi death camps. While Nyombayire embarks upon this quest in an effort to uncover potential solutions for the ongoing genocide in Darfur and elsewhere, what emerges from their journey is more a testament to the ways in which the inherent good in the human spirit can trump institutional evil no matter what the circumstance.Written by
Palm Springs Internation Film Festival
Valiant diplomats who rescued people from genocide
The Rescuers is a film which traces the journey of an anti-genocide activist called Stephanie Nyombayire who travelled to different countries to interview genocide survivors and descendants of diplomats.
From the start of the film, the director cleverly tells us the main character - Nyombayire, by showing her long journey to meet survivors and diplomats' families who bravely saved people from genocide.
The research done for this production is exceptional. Little details of each diplomat are unveiled scene by scene, showing the audience that they are the ones who should be honoured due to their bravery. Also, the interviews are genuine so you won't feel that they're just reading a prepared script.
The interviewer and interviewees get emotional in some parts of the film, especially during Nyombayire's scenes. Her sadness and disappointment towards losing members of her family in the Rwandan genocide in 1994 can be felt by the audience as she interviews the survivors who had similar experiences with her.
However, some parts of the film consist of interviews that are slightly tedious. Adding more clips of genocide and also the valiant effort made by diplomats instead can help the audience resonate with what they've heard from the interviews.
The film has a clear message: do what is right in every situation that we may find ourselves in. As shown in the film, diplomats risked their lives to rescue people they don't know, and yet often we are hiding somewhere else when someone needs help nowadays. It helps us reflect on what we should do to repel evil and promote goodness.
"Even in chaotic situations where people kill each other, there are always heroes who pursue justice" is a message that Michael King wants to tell us through the movie. People should watch this inspirational film to stand up against the dark.
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