Persona Non Grata
Director: Cellin Gluck
Japanese, English with English Subtitles
The audacious true story of the Japanese diplomat who acted against orders to save thousands of Jewish lives from Nazi extermination gets a sweeping, big-screen treatment in the epic biopic Persona Non Grata.
Tracking events from 1934 to 1955, the film follows Chiune Sugihara from his early days in Manchuria to his posting as Japan’s consul in Lithuania during WWII. Caught amid the rigid policies of Japan, now bound by treaty with Nazi Germany, and his moral awakening, Sugihara put career and family at great risk by issuing transit visas to imperiled European refugees – assisting more than 6,000 Jews to escape to Japanese territory.
Handsomely mounted by Japanese-American director Cellin Gluck, Persona Non Grata is long overdue recognition of Japan’s Schindler, the only Japanese recognized as Righteous Among the Nations by the Israeli government and honored at Yad Vashem. –Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
Persona Non Grata has screened at Jewish film festivals and film centers in Atlanta, Washington DC, San Francisco, and Southern California. Colorado Premiere.