Researched, produced, written, and directed by Alexander Ostroff. Premiered at the Hawaii International Film Festival.
The Children's Ark is a docudrama that tells the incredible true story of Riley H. Allen, an unlikely hero who saved a whole generation from the ravages of war.
Riley was the former editor-in-chief of the Honolulu Star Bulletin. He volunteered for the American Red Cross and was sent to the icy coastal Siberian city of Vladivostok; a political tinderbox on the brink of war.
By 1918 the Russian Civil War had intensified. St. Petersburg was facing hard times. Groups of school kids were transported to summer camps in the countryside. But then civil war spread unexpectedly, making it impossible for them to get back home to their parents.
Against all odds, Riley and his American Red Cross team were able to save eight hundred children and teenagers; taking them on a perilous journey around the world, and finally back home to their parents.
Film Duration: 51 min