The Rescue List

The Rescue List

Monday, December 13, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Library Hall
Winner of the 2021 Emmy for Outstanding Social Issue Documentary, inclucing a conversation with filmmakers Alyssa Fedele & Zachary Fink

Masks are required to attend this live event in Library Hall.

In a rehabilitation shelter in Ghana, two children are recovering from enslavement to fishermen. But their story takes an unexpected turn when their rescuer embarks on another mission and asks the children for help.

Filmmakers Alyssa Fedele and Zachary Fink will be present for a virtual Q&A after the live screening to talk about the making of the film and share updates on the film participants and the impact of child slavery globally and across the Volta region, especially during the pandemic.

This event is a collaboration with POV, the award-winning nonfiction film series on PBS:

About the filmmakers

Alyssa Fedele, Director/Producer

Alyssa Fedele is a documentary filmmaker and anthropologist based in San Francisco. Alyssa directed, produced and edited The Rescue List (2018), which screened at Full Frame and DOC NYC and won awards at BendFilm and Heartland International Film Festival. In 2016, She produced and edited The Ride of Their Lives, directed by Steve James, about youth rodeo bull riding. It premiered at Sundance and is distributed by Amazon Studios in the series The New Yorker Presents. Her work has appeared on National Geographic Channel, ARTE, and PBS, and screened at IDFA, SFFILM and Big Sky Film Festival. Alyssa has a master’s degree in visual anthropology from the University of Manchester.

Zachary Fink, Director/Producer

Zachary Fink is a documentary filmmaker and cinematographer. His immersive observational approach to storytelling is deeply influenced by his academic roots in cultural anthropology and visual ethnography. He recently lensed Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s SXSW opening night premiere, State Of Pride, which takes an unflinching look at the diverse expression of Pride 50 years after Stonewall. Last year, he spent a month at McMurdo Station in Antarctica where he field-directed and shot Antarctic Extremes, a PBS NOVA series about how science is conducted on the harshest continent. In 2016, Zachary produced and filmed The Ride Of Their Lives, a short directed by Steve James about youth rodeo bull riding. It premiered at Sundance as part of the Amazon Studios series, The New Yorker Presents. His work has appeared on PBS, HBO, National Geographic Channel and Discovery Channel. Zachary has a master’s degree in cultural anthropology and an MFA in film production from California Institute of the Arts. Together with Alyssa Fedele, he runs the production company Collective Hunch.

Run Time: 

81 min.

About POV 

Produced by American Documentary, Inc., POV is public television’s premier showcase for nonfiction films. Since 1988, POV has been the home for the world’s boldest contemporary filmmakers, celebrating intriguing personal stories that spark conversation and inspire action. Always an innovator, POV discovers fresh new voices and creates interactive experiences that shine a light on social issues and elevate the art of storytelling. With our documentary broadcasts, original online programming and dynamic community engagement campaigns, we are committed to supporting films that capture the imagination and present diverse perspectives. POV films have won every major film and broadcasting award including 36 Emmys, 20 George Foster Peabody Awards, 12 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Broadcast Journalism Awards, three Academy Awards®, two George Polk Documentary Film Awards and the Prix Italia.

POV’s Community Engagement and Education team works with educators, community organizations and PBS stations to present more than 650 free screenings every year. In addition, POV distributes free discussion guides and standards-aligned lesson plans for each film. Learn more at or follow @povdocs on Twitter.