USJ Holds Screening of PERSONA NON GRATA

USJ Holds Screening of PERSONA NON GRATA

The University of Saint Joseph will hold a screening of the film Persona Non Grata on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 2:00 pm in the Hoffman Auditorium at the University of Saint Joseph (post-film reception, event ends at 6pm).

A film about Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese Oskar Schindler. Directed by Cellin Gluck, Persona Non Grata tells the story of Japanese diplomat, Chiune Sugihara, who in 1939 Lithuania saved the lives of some 6,000 Jewish refugees by issuing transit visas to Japan. Sponsored in part by the US & Japan Society of Connecticut and the United Synagogues of Greater Hartford, this event will feature an exclusive viewing of the film, recognizing that there is humanity and bravery in all people. There will be a post-film reception featuring cross-cultural refreshments. Event runs from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Autorino Center director, Steven Raider Ginsburg says, "It has been an exciting journey working with the local Jewish and Japanese communities to bring together such a unique, special and powerful event."

Persona Non Grata features an international cast headed by Japanese Academy Award-winning actor Toshiaki Karasawa as Chiune Sugihara. The film's lush cinematography and use of historical details vividly portray Sugihara's life and act of bravery. For his heroic efforts, Sugihara was recognized as Righteous Among the Nations by the Israeli government, becoming the first Japanese to receive the honor. The film originally premiered in North America during the 2016 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and students with valid ID. Please call box office for senior discount. Tickets can be purchased at the Frances Driscoll Box Office: 860.231.5555 or online at

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