Escape to Shanghai

"Escape to Shanghai" follows Doris’s epic journey from Germany to safety in Shanghai, on the other side of the world making a temporary home and a new life cut off from the horrors playing out in German-occupied Europe.

Filmed on location in Shanghai, Chicago, and Berlin, Doris's story is brought to life using 360 video technology alongside 3D environments, animation, motion capture and a spatial soundtrack.

By telling her story, Doris sheds light on a lesser known, but important part of the Holocaust never to be forgotten. Escape to Shanghai captures the fierce perseverance of Doris and her family as refugees fighting for survival.

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photo of Charlotte Mikkelborg

Film Screenings



Charlotte Mikkelborg

Executive Producer:

Ashley Cowan, Darren Emerson, Kelley Szany, Arielle Weininger, Amanda Friedman, Leah Rauch


Micaela Blitz


Jon Boyce, Andrew Yardley, Tom Allum, Joe Farris, Zhao Yilong, Kevin Kunze, Scott Lynch


Conan Roberts

Sound Designer:

Oliver Kadel

Principal Cast:

Rosie Bell, Wanda Cowan, Matthew Churcher, Betty Emerson, Helen Jenkinson, Tom Scurr

Additional Credits:

Creative Lead Developer: Ollie Lindsey, Technical Lead Developer: Adam Child, VR Post Producer: Chris McKeeman, Senior Unity Developer: Robin North, Lead Environment and 3D Artist: Olly Skillman-Wilson, Senior Environment and 3D Artist: Jon Polti, Junior Environment and 3D Artist: Elle Mooney, Motion Capture: Target 3D, Executive Producer Target 3D: Dan Munslow



Dan Tucker

Public Film Contact:

Darren Emerson
East City Films

Publicity Contact:

Sierra Wolff

Sales Agent:

Dan Tucker
East City Films

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