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The Rescue List is an intimate documentary following two children who are rescued from modern slaveryon Lake Volta in Ghana, and their recoveries as they prepare to return to their families. The film depicts a moving story of friendship and courage that transcends the trope of victimhood, exploring what it means to love and to survive. Through patiently observed scenes, the film draws into focus the complex circumstances under which children are trafficked and the challenges of recovery and reunification. Tracking their lives over the course of a year as the children prepare to return home, this tender, tensely wrought film places the children at the center of the narrative, revealing a moving story of survival, courage, and hope.
The Rescue List won the award for Best Documentary at Bend Film Festival, the Social Impact Award at Heartland International Film Festival, and the James Blue Award at Ashland Independent Film Festival. The film will premiere on PBS’s series POV in 2020.
After the film, co-directors Alyssa Fedele and Zachary Fink will be available for a question-and-answer panel discussion moderated by Steve Hoeschele of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice.
Alyssa Fedele is a documentary filmmaker and anthropologist. Alyssa has a MA in visual anthropology from the University of Manchester. Her background in ethnographic filmmaking gives her a unique skill-set to connect with subjects and build cross-cultural understanding in her films.
Zachary Fink is a documentary film director and cinematographer. His masters degree in cultural anthropology gives him a unique ability to understand and connect with diverse audiences and communities. Zachary has produced and directed projects for PBS, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Facebook, Apple, Google, and the Harvard Film Study Center. He recently spent a month in Antarctica where he field directed and shot a series for PBS’s NOVA called Polar Extremes about life and science at McMurdo Station.
Steve Hoeschele is the program coordinator at Stanford's Center for Human Rights and International Justice. In 2015-16, he worked as the stragetic advisor at Challenging Heights, the Ghanaian NGO whose staff and beneficiaries are represented in The Rescue List.