Holocaust Museum Houston presents Across the Waters
Unsure of whom they can trust, a Jewish musician and his family make a frantic escape from Nazi-occupied Denmark in Across the Waters. Enjoying the nightlife of 1943 Copenhagen, Jewish jazz guitarist Arne Itkin is initially skeptical when his terrified wife Miriam hears rumors of the round-up and deportation of Danish Jews. An overnight raid, however, forces the couple to flee their home with their 5-year-old son Jakob. Aided by a church pastor and underground resistance, they set out on a journey for the fishing village of Gilleleje, where refugees await passage to Sweden by boat. Amidst lurking danger from the Gestapo and their collaborators, the family puts its fate in the hands of strangers whose allegiance and motives are not always clear.
Across the Waters is a gripping story of survival and rescue and based on true events. The film is directed and co-written by Nicolo Donato, whose own grandfather was among the courageous Danish fisherman to ferry war refugees to safety.