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Film about ‘Japan’s Oskar Schindler’ to be screened Wednesday in Miami Shores

‘Persona Non Grata’ depicts Chiune Sugihara’s role in saving the lives of thousands of Jews by issuing them transit visas and helping them flee to Japanese territory from Poland and Lithuania.
‘Persona Non Grata’ depicts Chiune Sugihara’s role in saving the lives of thousands of Jews by issuing them transit visas and helping them flee to Japanese territory from Poland and Lithuania. Miami Jewish Film Festival website

A biopic about “Japan’s Oskar Schindler” will be screened in Florida for the first time Wednesday during the Miami Jewish Film Festival.

Persona Non Grata” will be shown at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at O Cinema Miami Shores, 9806 NE Second Ave. Tickets are $13.

The film tells the true story of Chiune Sugihara, who served as a Japanese consul in Lithuania during World War II. “Persona Non Grata” depicts Sugihara’s role in saving the lives of thousands of Jews by issuing them transit visas and helping them flee to Japanese territory from Poland and Lithuania.

Sugihara is the only Japanese person given the designation of “Righteous Among the Nations” by the Israeli government and honored at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem.

Japanese Consul General Ken Okaniwa will speak about Sugihara before the screening. The film is in Japanese and features English subtitles. For more information, visit http://miamijewishfilmfestival.org or call 305-573-7304.

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