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Laura Seltzer-Duny, Director/Producer

Laura Seltzer-Duny spent over 2 years developing and creating this film. She is currently is spearheading the distribution of Nobody Wants Us and educational materials to schools and communities throughout the country through her distributor New Day Films. She has a special interest in producing documentaries featuring unsung heroes and the communities they help. As an impact producer, Laura has produced many stories shedding light on environmental, social justice, and mental health issues.


Laura founded Seltzer Film & Video over 15 years ago and her company has produced hundreds of videos for non-profits and educational institutions. She is an award-winning PBS documentary and educational filmmaker and is based in the Washington, DC area.

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Robert Kanner, Editor

Robert Kanner spent many hours editing alongside the filmmaker to bring her vision into reality. His masterful editing skills helped tell this story in a fresh, new way. Robert has been producing and editing projects for domestic and international clients for over 39 years. He has worked with USA Today, CBS News, the BBC, MetroMedia and Asgard Entertainment. Robert has received 5 Emmy awards for his work and numerous Telly Awards for excellence in programming. Documentary storytelling is Robert's first love in editing.


Pauline Leger, our film's Watercolor Artist

Pauline Leger hand-painted the numerous watercolor images in Nobody Wants Us from archival images, playing a crucial role in bringing this story to life. She is a mixed media artist and graphic designer who has been in the art industry for over 25 years. She has taught classes in Graphic Design and has designed and illustrated several published books for children and adults. She continues to be inspired by books, nature and stories that connect us to one another. Pauline lives near the ocean, on the east coast of Canada.

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Victoria Bruce, Script Supervisor & Researcher

After our story development phase, Victoria Bruce helped us finalize our script for Nobody Wants Us. She has written and produced award-winning documentaries airing on HBO, CBS’s 60 minutes and featured at Sundance Film Festival. She is the author of four books on topics from volcanoes to international politics. Victoria is a skilled media coach with experience in promoting film and book projects as well as small businesses and political campaigns.


Producer / Director:

Laura Seltzer-Duny

Executive Producers:

(link to Executive Producers bios)

Stephen Morewitz, Ph.D.
David Morewitz, Esq.
Laura Seltzer-Duny
Patti Askwith Kenner
Chris Sacarabany



Bob Kanner
Nathan Simms
Laura Seltzer-Duny

Written By:

Laura Seltzer-Duny


Victoria Bruce

Watercolor Paintings:

Pauline Leger

Educational Program Creators:

Professor Howard Kerner

Laura Seltzer-Duny

Lindsey Horner,

eMediaVA Manager, WHRO / PBS

(annotated with VA SOL and Curriculum Framework USII.7b, WHII.11d, VUS.11e)

Historical Accuracy & Educational Program Advisors:

Michael Berenbaum,
Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute & Project Director at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Olivia Mattis,
President and COO, The Sousa Mendes Foundation

Miriam Klein Kassenoff, 

Director, Holocaust Institute, University of Miami

Elena Barr Baum, 
Director, Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater

Rebecca N. Eichler,

Esq., Immigration Attorney

Howard Kerner,

English Professor and Holocaust Educator

Mark Friedman,

E-Learning & Virtual Analytics Analyst

Ellen Widawsky,  

Educational Initiatives, Sousa Mendes Foundation & Library Media Specialist

Blanche Wiesen Cook,

Author of Eleanor Roosevelt, Vol. I, II & IIIProfessor of History & Women's Studies, John Jay College

Cast: (in order of appearance)

Simone Neufeld
Irving Redel
Annette Lachmann
Lee Sterling
Stephen Morewitz, Ph.D.
Kathi Rand
Dr. Harry A. Morewitz
David E. Morewitz, Esq.
Duke Rosenberg
Blanche Wiesen Cook


Tali Kogan
Aaron MacDonald
Nandi Maravanyaka
Rayahah Williams
Miriam Gorbach
Shara Mahara
Sydney Konopaske
Evan Johnson
Joseph Olmo

Voice Actors: (in order of appearance)

Carly McCance, Voice of Young Simone Neufeld
Erin Pake, Voice of Young Malvina Parnes
Keiran Law, Voice of Young Irving Redel

Rich Orlow, Voice of Wolf Rand
Chris McCann, Voice of Sousa Mendes
Devin Albert, Voice of Harry Alan Morewitz

James Tuckett, Voice of Asst. Sec. of State Breckinridge Long

Laura Copeland, Voice of Eleanor Roosevelt

Dr. Steven Seltzer, Voice of J.L. Morewitz, Esq.
Sally Morewitz Seltzer, Voice of Elise Margolius

Sara Traster, Voice of Sallie Rome Morewitz

Mike C. Manning, Voice of Young Duke Rosenberg

Rich Orlow, Voice of Rabbi Stephen Wise

Actor reenactments based on 
first-hand accounts of the events.


Karin Hayes
Fredric King
Christopher Landy
Laura Seltzer-Duny
Andrew Quinn
Grips & Gaffers:

Austin Cross
Andrew Sadtler
Chris Ruedy
William Sprueill

Audio Mixers:

Jillian Kuchman
Zahid "Zee" Rahman


Emmaline Powers
Nathan Simms
Reilly Thate

Assistant Editors: 

Jacqueline Brown
Reilly Thate
Megan ‘Mia’ Bryant
Nia Gomez

Casting Assistant:

Eve Elliott

Production Assistants:

Kristen McDevitt
Tali Kogan
June Fortuno

Archival Photos:

David E. Morewitz, Esq.
Stephen Morewitz, Ph.D.
Dr. Lora Friedman
Victoria Redel
Suzanne Lachmann
Francine Goldenhar
Susan Pachter
Daily Press
FDR Library
New York Times
Ohef Sholom Temple Archives
Norfolk, VA
Norfolk Public Library, 
Sargeant Memorial Collection
Norfolk Virginian Pilot
Peninsula Jewish 
Historical Society
Washington Post
Sousa Mendes Foundation
Virginia Historical Society
Holocaust Commission,
United Jewish 
Federation of Tidewater

Special Thanks:

National Council of Jewish Women Norfolk Chapter including:
Justine Nusbaum, Doris Kaufmann, Rita Rosenberg, Eloise VanOs and Elise Margolius
Herbert Gertz, the local chair of the National Refugees Committee

Professor Eric Mazur
Ellen Widawsky
Victoria Redel
Suzanne Lachmann
Susan Pachter
David Duny
Marshall & Freida Duny
Steve & Sally Seltzer
Dr. David Kenneth Waldman
Frank Lachmann
Peter Lachmann
Collin Rice
Burt M. Morewitz, Esq.
Beth Shalom Congregation,
San Francisco, CA
Sutton Place Synagogue,
New York, NY
Temple Beth Shalom, 
Cherry Hill, NJ
Congregation Beth Emeth,
Herndon, VA
Young Leaders Institute
Nadia Hassan
Dr. Lora Friedman
Jane Zweifler
Jayne Zilber
Joanne Roos
Martin Meyer
Malvina Parnes
Myra Kalkin Morewitz
Roy H. Lasris, Esq.
Yehuda Goldman
SueAnne Bangel
Susan Lieberman
Foundation for Ethnic Understanding

Archival Footage Acquisitions:

Archive Films by Getty Images
British Pathe
Buyout Footage
Critical Past
DV Archives
E.C.P.A. Photo Cinema 
Videos des Armees
Imperial War Museums
Lion Brave Archives
Shutter Stock
Sousa Mendes Foundation
Transit Film
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
U.S. National Archives

Educational Distributor:
New Day Films


Fiscal Sponsor:
Women in Film & Video, Inc.


Major Funding by:

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Additional Funding by:
Nancy N. Nusbaum and V.H. Nusbaum, Jr, the Hampton Roads Community Foundation
Linda and Alan Kahn Foundation
Sanford A. Ibrahim
Rabbi Marc Schneier, The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding


Further Funding by:
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Witkin
Victoria    and Jessica Redel
Ben Silverman
Jerry and Mary Jane Morewitz

Supported by:

Richard    Weingarten
William L and Sharon K Nusbaum
Virginia    Diezel
Ellen Reynolds
Mona Golabek
Freida and Marshall Duny
Joseph and Marjorie Shapiro
Sandra    Ramirez    
David Neufeld
Blanche Wiesen Cook
Marvin    Sippel
Ellen Krouss
Deborah Hoffman
Nuno Filipe Nunes
Alan Yanofsky

Additional Support:

Glen L and Janis D Rotner
Bettie Minette Cooper
Charles M and Lynda M    Furchgott
Richard    Weingarten
Ina & Moss Friedman
Mimi Sandler
Carol Leimas
Dori Katz and Andrew Gold
Benna Thompson
Sara Zuckerman    
Marilyn    Sacher
Kevin Brady
Gale and Howard Zeidman
Reuben and Judith Rohn
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Brodbar
Marjorie Ellenbogen
Barbara Sacks-Singer & Steven Singer

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