Persona Non Grata / Sugihara Chiune

The story of a Japanese diplomat, sometimes called the Schindler of Japan, and his life lading up to and after his decision to issue over 2,000 visas to Jewish refugees in Kaunas, Lithuania resulting in saving the lives of over 6,000 people. This is the story of a man who believed in doing all he could do for the benefit of his beloved Japan, including trying to keep her from becoming embroiled in a worldwide conflict he saw as inevitable. Along the way, he came face to face with the plight of the European Jews as they tried to escape the onslaught of the Nazi's and the rapidly advancing German army. Caught between the unbending policies of his country now bound by treaty with Nazi Germany and his awakening moral responsibilities, we follow his life from his early days in Manchuria to his eventual posting in Lithuania and his appointment with destiny which would forever brand him a hero.

Original title:
Sugihara Chiune
139 minutes
Cellin Gluck

Shown at

  1. 15th Annual JCC Rockland International Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  2. 21st Denver Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  3. Atlanta Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  4. Boulder Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  5. Chicago Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  6. Cincinnati Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - 2017
  7. Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  8. Michigan City Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  9. Washington Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  10. Westchester Jewish Film Festival - 2018

3 Responses

  1. jewishfilmfests says:

    Film Tells of Unsung Japanese Hero Who Saved 6,000 Jews in WWII

    Though he was a national hero in Lithuania, his story was rarely heard in Japan or elsewhere, until the premiere of “Persona Non Grata,” which, when it bowed Dec. 5 in Japan, earned second place among movies opening that day.

  2. jewishfilmfests says:

    Here’s what we’re reading: The tale of a Japanese diplomat who saved thousands from the Nazis comes to the big screen;

  3. jewishfilmfests says:

    Cellin Gluck is as amazed as anyone that Chiune Sugihara’s life hasn’t spawned a Hollywood biopic.

    “As a director I think the most amazing moment is when you walk onto a set with hundreds of extras and period clothes and costumes and jeeps … you have a 2014 city being transformed into 1939,” he says. “That’s when you sit there with cup of coffee in hand and say, ‘my God, the machine is working.’”

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