Narrated by
Julianna Margulies

Directed by
Nicola Zavaglia & René Balcer

Written by
René Balcer & Nicola Zavaglia

Executive Producer
René Balcer

Executive Producer
Cheng Davis

Produced by
Nicola Zavaglia

Supervising producer
Elisabeth-Ann Gimber

Production Executive
Kamel Khalifa

Co-Executive Producers
Carolyn Hsu-Balcer
Lei Jiang

Directors of Photography
Carlos Ferrand
Olivier Léger
Nicola Zavaglia
René Balcer
Sylvestre Guidi

Edited by
Nicola Zavaglia
Jeremiah Hayes
René Balcer

Music composer
Judith Gruber-Stitzer

Animation by
Suzie Synnott

Special Participation
Tony Goldwyn
Eric Goldstaub (voice)
Nick Mancuso
Matteo Ricci (voice)

Square Word Calligraphy
Xu Bing

Zhu Hao Bing

Voice-Over Cast (English version)
Ho Feng Shan (voice) Tony Chong
Dr. Gu Jue (voice) Carolyn Fe
Prof. Su Zhiliang (voice) Nan Yang
Zhang Yongpei (voice) Alex De La Cruz
Zhou Huizhen (voice) Doreen Tang
Voice-Over Cast (Chinese version)
Narrator Nan Yang
Ho Feng Shan (Voice) Wei Chen
Matteo Ricci (Voice) Chia-Yen Yao
Eric Goldstaub (Voice) Bernie Yao
(order of appearance)

Keith Eisner
William Eisner
Lotte Marcus
Vera Sasson
Otto Schnepp
Jerry Moses
Harry Fiedler
Irena Steinfeldt
Director of the Department of the Righteous
Yad Vashem

William Chiang
Dr. Liliane Willens
Prof. Irene Eber
Dept. of East Asian Studies 
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Prof. Su Zhiliang
Dean of History Department
Shanghai Normal University

Dr. Gu Jue
Zhang Yongpei
Zhou Huizhen
Roslyn Eisner

David Eisner
Jonathan Eisner

Sound Recordists Olivier Léger
Catherine Van Der Donckt
Paskal Perrault-Saule
Assistant to the Director Krassy Halatchev
Production Assistant Theresa Bonello
Location Fixers Jesse Coffino
Yang Ping
Translators Jesse Coffino
Carolyn Hsu-Balcer
Yang Ping
Steadicam Operators Sun Quilei
Liu Zhongyuan
Production Assistant Liu Zhao Zhen
Driver Bai Chun
Piano Rental Shanghai Zhengwei Musical Instrument Co.
Location Contact Ernst Vogel
Driver Stefan Christandl
Production Manager Noam Shalev
Location Karin Neumann
Camera Operator Yaniv Shmueli
Driver Gilad Rosenberg
Post-Production Supervisor Jeremiah Hayes
Services Provided by Peak Media
Peak Media Vice-President Marcuse Olivier
Post-Production Coordinators Ariane Baril
Nichola Lapierre
Head Archival Researcher Thea Toole
Researchers Julie Roorda
Terri Foxman
Shannon L’Hérault
Marianna Simeone
Carmel Kilkenny
Don Winkler
Assistant Picture Editors Tim Miron
Emmanuelle Lane
Geneviève Thibert
Nik Nikolaidis
Translation Yan Liang
Xi Feng
Xiaoxiao Yan
Translation Coordinator Ellen Warkentin
Chinese Dialogue Coach Veronique He
3D Photo Graphics Ivan Presser
Sound Designer Daniel Toussaint
Re-recording Mixer Daniel Toussaint
Dialogue Editor Tristan Capachionne
Sound Effects Editor Francis Gauthier
Foley Artist Lise Wedlock
Foley Recording Eric Md Lagacé
Sound Mixer Daniel Toussaint
Colorist Guillaume Millet
On-line Editor Guillaume Millet
Transcription Julie Roorda
Recording Studios The Cutting Room Studios (New York)
Astrolab Studios Inc. (Toronto)
Cinescope Sound (Vancouver)
Studiotoons Inc (Montreal)
Patches Sound Inc. (Los Angeles)
Dialogue recordists John Gratton (New York)
Rabby Teng & Luis Roderick Balcazar, (Toronto)
Gregor Phillips, (Vancouver)
Tristan Capacchione, (Montreal)
Jake Valentine, (Los Angeles)
Voice Casting Elite Casting (Canada)
Nadia Rona
Subtitles by Trans & Sub Coop
Accounting Elisabeth-Ann Gimber
Insurance Broker BFL Canada
Legal Counsel Sam Coppola, Gascon & Associates
Auditor Michael Katz, Katz & Associates
Travel Agents Sandro Girolamo, Vision Voyages
Lilian Ting, Harold Lee & Son Travel
Music Segments

“Wind blows…”
Words and Music by Huang Ruo
on behalf of G. RICORDI & CO. LONDON LTD. (SOCAN)
Performed by Huang Ruo, piano, and Arash Amini, cello

“Impromptu D 899, Op. 90, No 3 in G-flat major”
Composed Franz Schubert
performed by Zhu Hao Bing

“A Hundred Birds Paying Homage to the Phoenix”
composed by Wang Jian Zhong
© 1973, by permission of the Wang Jian Zhong estate
performed by Zhu Hao Bing

Original Score Performed by
Simon Aldrich – Clarinet 1
Stephane Allard – Violin
Andrew Horton – Bass
Amanda Keesmaat – Cello
Laurence Sabourin – Accordion
Mark Simons – Clarinet 2

Additional Music Daniel Toussaint


Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection, Brown University Library
Bridgeman Art Library
Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-H12630 / photo: O. Ang
Courtesy The Everett Collection
David Rumsey Map Collection,
Ezra Hayim Cohen
Getty Images
Henryk Ross, A young boy in the ghetto, 1940 – 1944. Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario
Henryk Ross, Father and daughter, 1940 – 1944. Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario
Henryk Ross, Manager with his daughter in the bakery, 1942. Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario
Hong Kong Heritage Project
Liz Lillicrap, Virtual Shanghai Project
Man with pipe, Sam Sanzetti © Moshe Dexler
The Central News Agency, Taiwan
The Oster Visual Documentation Centre 
Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People
Russell Goodman, Shanghai Refugees Museum
UNA/Item CNRRA 30/S-0801-0009-0001-00059/1948-12-31
UNA/Item CNRRA 31/S-0801-0009-0001-00058/1948-12-31
United Nations Archives/S-0801-0009-0001-00080/1948-12-31
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Ernest G. Heppner
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Harry Fielder
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Hannah (Mansbacher) Weill
Wedding Photo, Sam Sanzetti © Moshe Dexler
Young Boy, Sam Sanzetti © Moshe Dexler
© Imperial War Museums (SE 5226)
The Hong Kong Heritage Project archive
© Crown Copyright. IWM

Stock Footage Supplied by:

Austrian Film Museum, Vienna
Buyout Footage
Critical Past
Getty Images
Historic Films
Internet Archive’s 35 mm Stock Footage Collection
National Archives and Records Administration/Department of Defense
Periscope Film LLC
Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
UCLA Film & Television Archive
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Very special thanks to:

Harold Newman
Will Cantler
Missy Malkin
Adam Berkowitz

The Producers Wish to Thank:

Paul Kelly

Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum
Chen Jian, CEO/Curator
Yang Ping, Liaison

Shanghai Media Group (SMG)
Wang Jian Jun, Director General/President
Gan Chao, Director, DocuChina
Li Tao, Deputy General Manager, DocuChina
Dong Lingli, Liaison

Foreign Affairs Office, Shanghai Municipal People’s Government
Yang Deming
Zhang Yaozhong

A.B. Yehoshua
Wang Qun, Deputy Curator, Archives of Hongkou District
Prof. Xu Xin, Professor, Jewish and Israel Studies, Nanjing University
Wu Qing, Secretary, Hongkou Committee of CPC, Shanghai Municipality
Sun Lide
Hsu Yuen Kan
Jim Cheng, Director, C.V. Starr East Asian Library
Matthew Walerstein
Donald Walerstein

Zhu Minyang, Mayor of Yangzhou
Hao Sheng
Arthur Holden
Gertha Gottlieb
Bahar Karakhol
Sandra Fiedler
Danny Goldstaub
Jin Yiping
Fu Yifan
Wu Jun
Lily Klebanoff Blake
Walter Hua, Clark Xiong, Concierge Team, Four Seasons Hotel, Puxi
Stella Gu
Yao Xin
Frank Mingyuen

Cynthia Mingyuen
Tess Jouany

SPD Bank
Zhang Jian Zhong, Vice President
Xu Minyue, Branding Specialist (Shanghai)

Foreign Affairs Office of Hongkou District Government

Tilanqiao Sub-district Office of Hongkou District Government

Office of Educational Research, Shanghai Education Commission

Publicity Department of CPC Hongkou District Government

Hongkou District library

Shot on location in Canada, United States, China,
Austria, Italy and Israel.

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Time and Rhythm Cinema
Mattawin Company

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