USJC is proud to promote the showing of Persona Non Grata, which celebrates the life of Japanese Diplomat Chiune Sugihara and his efforts to aid the escape of more than 6,000 Jewish refugees from World War II Europe. The film screening is part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival (WJFF), "one of the largest and most respected Jewish film festivals in North America" that occurs annually. This year, WJFF is running from February 24 to March 6.
The film will be screened three times during the festival.
If you wish to attend, please purchase tickets here.
Dir. Cellin Gluck
(135 min, Japan, 2016)
Japanese with English subtitles
The heroic tale of Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat posted in Lithuania during WWII, is brought to screen in sweeping fashion in this instant epic. By personally issuing scores of exit visas to Jews looking to flee the continent — without full authority from his government — Sugihara was responsible for the escape of more than 6,000 Jewish refugees to Japanese territory, all while risking his career and his family’s lives in the process.