Thursday, June 23, 2016
(C) 2015 "Persona Non Grata" Film Partners
3:00pm - 3:45pm Panel Discussion
4:00pm - 6:30pm Film Screening of "Persona Non Grata"
Aratani Theater, JACCC
244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Chiune Sugihara (1900-1986) was a Japanese diplomat who served as the Vice-Consul for the Empire of Japan in Kaunas, Lithuania.
By issuing 2,139 transit visas to Japan during World War II, he is believed to have saved the lives of more than 6,000 Jews.
Sugihara risked his life and career to issue these “Visas for Life”, but by doing so, he created a strong and lasting bond between the Japanese and Jewish people.
In memory of his legacy, the film “Persona Non Grata” was released last December.
There will be a unique screening of the movie, with a number of esteemed guests including: Nathan Lewin, who was 4 years old when he received one of Sugihara’s visas; Akira Kitade, the author of “Visas of Life”; and Oriha Sugihara, Chiune’s great grand-daughter.
We hope you can join us for this very special event.
The Honorable Darius Gaidys, Consul General, Consulate General of Lithuania
Ms. Janna Weinstein Smith, Regional Director, American Jewish Committee
Mr. Jun Takeda, CEO, JTB Americas
Ms. Oriha Sugihara, Great grand-daughter of Chiune Sugihara
Mr. Nathan Lewin, Sugihara survivor, attorney
Mr. Akira Kitade, author of a "Visas of Life and the Epic Journey"
Mr. Jake Wachtel, Award-winning journalist/producer
AdmissionNo reservations necessary