PORT OF HOPE

PORTO DE ESPERANÇA

By Nicolas OULMAN

UKBAR FILMES - as PROD

Documentary - Pre-Production 2015

Hundreds of thousands of Jews fled across Germany, The Netherlands and France towards Portugal in order to escape Hitler. Stories interconnected in a single point: Lisbon, that were launched to such diverse urban landscapes as Toronto, New York, Buenos Aires, São Paulo, and later to Israel.

    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • PORTUGAL, ARGENTINA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, SPANISH
    • Budget
    • 50 - + M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Nicolas OULMAN
    • Producer(s)
    • Pandora DA CUNHA TELLES (Ukbar Filmes), Pablo IRAOLA (Ukbar Filmes), Alejandro ZITO (Utopica Cine)
    • Synopsis
    • Shortly after Adolf Hitler rose to power in 1933, a countless number of Jews slipped out of Berlin thus escaping Hitler and the clutches of his Nazi regime. But there were countless others who were unaware, or unbelieving of Hitler’s deadly plans until it was almost too late. It was only when the Reich’s actions could no longer be denied, did they flee. Over a hundred thousand Jewish people found refuge in Portugal, where they lived in residency camps.
      Hitler swiftly developed at the same time both an anti-Semitic ideology and a war industry. Invaded a large portion of Europe and extended the Jewish persecution through all of the occupied territories. Waves of refugees poured into France, a momentary safe haven. But then in 1940, with the invasion of France, a momentary safe haven fell. Three million refugees headed further south. No Jew was safe. How did they manage to survive? Under what circumstances? What journey were they forced to make? All the while, insidious rumors filtered in from abroad of genocide and Hitler’s death camps.
      Portugal, a poor conservative nation, under the ostensibly neutral dictatorship of Salazar embraced a big population of Jewish refugees, causing a big social impact in the country. A large influx of refugees now found themselves in Portugal, fighting to restart their lives: seeking visas to the new world, means of transportation, money survival…
      Portugal was the last Port of Hope.
      Unjustly, these true accounts have never been documented. It is imperative they are and made a part of recorded history. We will revisit parts of the journey that millions of Jews undertook, taking them back to Germany, The Netherlands and France.
      Runaway stories that passed through Lisbon, and were launched to the north and south American continent to such diverse and cosmopolite urban landscapes as Toronto, New York, Buenos Aires and São Paulo. Pieces of memories crossed and interconnected in a single point: Lisbon.
    • Partners & financing
    • Utópica Cine
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Feb 01, 2014
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