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INTERVIEW: Producer/ Assoc. Dir. Ruth Kalish, "Complicit"

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Working primarily producting theater prior, as well as working  in various career fields, Ruth Kalish found herself drawn into the world of film through the movie "Complicit," a true story that needed to be told.

Eye-opening and compelling,"Complicit" explores a side of history rarely looked upon... Jews who sought refuge in the U.S. from the brutality of Hitler only to be turned away, many returning to Europe to find certain death awaiting them.

This film features interviews with refugees who were turned away by the U.S., when aboard the SS St. Louis ready to enter Miami, in 1939, who actually returned later to the U.S. and made extraordinary contributions.  Besides putting FDR on "trial" for his involvement, it shows never-seen-before footage of a U.S. Special Envoy's expose of America’s inadequate response to the crisis, as well as the first-ever apology given by the State Dept. to some surviving refugees finally in 2012.