An Open Door: Jewish Rescue in the Philippines

World Affairs, War, Jewish Film, Holocaust, Asia
Noel M. Izon
60 minutes


Release year: 2016
Countries of Origin: USA
Languages: English
Genre: documentary


Winner Best Documentary Feature
London International Film Festival
White Nights Film Festival
Maykop International Film Festival
Madrid International Film Festival

Official Selection
Cinemalaya Film Festival



A feature-length documentary on the uplifting story of how a small Asian nation was able to save over 1,300 Jews as they fled the pogroms of Nazi Germany. This unique film explores the rare confluence of the Pacific and European theaters. It juxtaposes momentous events in history such as the passage of the Nuremberg Laws and the inauguration of the Philippines as a Commonwealth of the United States. This is the story of a deep friendship born of common adversity and intense love for freedom. Together, Filipinos and Jews struggled, endured, and ultimately prevailed.



Noel M. Izon was born in the Philippines. He is a documentary filmmaker and resides in Maryland with his wife Kathryn Izon and daughter Juliet Izon. He also has an older daughter, Laura Izon Powell, who is married and works as a lawyer in Sacramento, California.


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