818 TONG SHAN ROAD - THE FILM
- 10 Th Anniversary Edition -
" Today, as we contemplate the 10 th Anniversary of the making of 818 TONG SHAN ROAD film , sadly the world is facing the most severe humanitarian crisis in Europe since the events captured in the film.
Moved by these events, we launch today this Educational Website of the film about Pedro Lievendag's experience as a refugee to create awareness, and we gathered resources and supporting links hoping this will encourage people to help Refugees Worldwide " .- 818 Team.
THE STORY & TRAILER
In 1941, Pedro Lievendag and his family managed to escape Nazi Germany to find refuge in a Shanghai Ghetto alongside 20.000 Jews and other refugees.
60 Years after leaving the Ghetto as U.N.R.R.A. Displaced Persons, Pedro’s daughter, Marlene, produced and directed the documentary feature 818 TONG SHAN ROAD, a testimony of the trip they made together back to Shanghai where they were able to visit the Ghetto, and reencounter the story that marked the destiny of the Lievendag family.
PEDRO LIEVENDAG & THE SHOA FOUNDATION
In 1996, Pedro Lievendag, Holocaust Survivor, was interviewed as one of 52.000 video testimonies for the Shoah Visual History Foundation Library.
Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation was founded in 1994 by Steven Spielberg who - after completing "Schindler’s List” - was inspired by the goal of capturing firsthand filmed testimonies of Holocaust survivors before their stories would be lost forever.
A FILM IS BORN
Thanks to the Shoah Foundation project, Pedro was able to reconnect with other survivors, old friends from The Shanghai Ghetto who had relocated all over the world after the end of WWII. This event was the trigger for Pedro's daughter to start the "818 Tong Shan Road" Documentary.
A product of 6 years of research, the documentary was shot in real scenarios, from Buenos Aires, to Santiago de Chile, Philadelphia, Washington, and Hamburg, and all the way to Shanghai, where father and daughter visited the ghetto where Pedro lived between 1941 and 1947.
Intertwining archives images and present-day footage, survivor testimonies, illustrations, and motion graphics, Director Marlene Lievendag creates a striking, emotional film, that focuses on reaching out to an audience of young generations.
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"... MY FATHER LOOKED AROUND AND SAID: IT IS ONLY FOR SEVEN DAYS. WE STAYED SEVEN YEARS!…”
PEDRO'S STORY FILM
818 TONG SHAN ROAD: Color 40'
Director: Marlene Lievendag
Script: M.Lievendag & Pedro Saborido
Production manager: Marcela Gomareschi
Edition: N. Malowicki & M. Minotti
Art direction & Research: Dina Szeinblum
WHAT IS THE SHOA?
Mr Lievedag is part of the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive.
USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education is dedicated to making audio-visual interviews with survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides, a compelling voice for education and action.
(video source: USC Shoa Foundation website)
SHANGHAI GUETTO 1947/2004
Survivor Pedro Lievendag
and Marlene Lievendag
at Tong Shang Rd, Shanghai.
818 TONG SHAN ROAD & WORLD REFUGEE DAY
In concordance with USA for UNHCR and the support of The German Consulate of Germany in Miami to promote and create awareness of the Refugee Cause, 818 TONG SHAN ROAD TEAM organized a Film Screening/Event to mark WORLD REFUGEE DAY 2007, for the first time in Miami, Florida U.S.A.
The event featured a Q&A with Survivor Pedro Lievendag, after the film screening.
"... Since 1975 an estimated 2.6 million refugees have been resettled to the US. The states of California and Florida have each resettled more refugees than any other country other than the US itself. By marking World Refugee Day we also want to pay tribute to the refugees who in coming to the US have enriched the towns and cities which have become their new homes…"
( Opening event speech letter sent by USA for UNHCR, Regional Representative for the United States and the Caribbean, Michel Gabaudan, UNHCR - 2007.)