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A Jewish Girl in Shanghai

Directed by Wang Genfa

China | 80 minutes | 2010

A Second World War story unlike any other: Wu Lin’s groundbreaking Chinese-language graphic novel about the Holocaust, adapted into breathtaking traditional animation by the hugely respected Shanghai Animation Film Studio, tells the little known tale of Shanghai’s “Little Vienna”, where some 30,000 Jewish refugees sought shelter during the war years. This delicately rendered family film centers around the warm friendship between Rina, a wide-eyed European Jewish schoolgirl and A-Gen, a Chinese pancake seller, who teach each other about their distant worlds as Shanghai struggles beneath its own cruelly portrayed Japanese occupation. Cared for by a local family, Rina and her younger brother Michaeli adapt quickly to Shanghai life, until a sudden event throws the precarious balance of their lives into question once again.
Director Wang Genfa
Countries of Production China
Year of Presentation 2010
Premiere Status
Runtime 80 minutes
Principal Cast Ruth Gruber, Louisa Herz Leopold, Dava Sobel, Eli Wallach
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