“Quezon’s Game” puts powerful real story on show
In limited release in theaters across Australia
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, 4 March 2020: Quezon’s Game, an ABS-CBN Films production in association with iWant and Kinetek, launched last week in Australia and is on its limited release in over 20 cinemas across the country. It tells a true story most Australians probably don’t know, a story of heroism during World War II when Filipino President Manuel L. Quezon rescued persecuted Jews by welcoming them to the Philippines for a refuge at a time when most countries were turning their backs.
Directed by Matthew Rosen, a British man of Jewish descent, the critically acclaimed film had excerllent reviews including the New York Times which described lead actor Raymond Bagatsing’s acting as “a sincere, rousing performance” and the storyline “a fascinating historical juncture.”
Quezon’s Game premiered in Australia last week at a VIP screening featuring the Philippine Consulate General in Sydney, the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies, Sydney Jewish Museum and SBS Filipino as well as foreign dignitaries and historians, hosted by Norman Seligman, Chief Executive Officer of the Sydney Jewish Museum, who commended Quezon as a “non-Jewish who risked a lot to save a number of lives”. Also attending were Deputy Consul General of Switzerland to Australia Didier Boschung and Professor Konrad Kwiet, Resident Historian at the Sydney Jewish Museum, who