WWII Doc 'Above the Drowning Sea' to Premiere at Hot Springs Festival

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Rene Balcer

'Above the Drowing Sea,' which follows how Jewish families escaped the Holocaust by going to China, will debut Oct. 10.

World War II documentary Above the Drowning Sea has been selected to premiere at Arkansas' Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival on Oct. 10.

Directed by Rene Balcer and narrated by Julianna Margulies, Tony Goldwyn and Nick Mancuso, the doc tells the story of Jews who escaped the Holocaust by fleeing to China. The Chinese consul granted more than 5,000 visas allowing Jewish families to escape to Shanghai during WWII, and many of these people are interviewed in the film, according to a release. 

Balcer, who wrote, directed and co-produced the film, won an Emmy in 1997 for his work on Law & Order and created Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders, which premiered Tuesday on NBC. 

Hot Springs, now in its 26th year, is set to run Oct. 6-15 and is the oldest documentary festival in the country.