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Virtual Film and Discussion: Persona Non Grata

May 17, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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You’re invited to join us for an online film-and-discussion event about the award-winning feature film Persona Non Grata by Cellin Gluck and starring Toshiaki Karasawa as the Holocaust rescuer Chiune “Sempo” Sugihara.


⇒ May 14-17, any time, RENT THE FILM.  Cost:  $4.99.  To rent the film, click here.

⇒ May 14-17, any time, WATCH THE FILM on your home device.

⇒ May 17 at 4:00 p.m. EST, DISCUSS THE FILM, its context and its relevance to today.  Meet Cellin Gluck — the award-winning filmmaker of this feature film — and Mordecai Paldiel, the leading world expert on Holocaust rescue who personally oversaw the Sugihara file at Yad Vashem in the 1980s. They will lead the discussion and answer your questions.



Screen Shot 2020-04-29 at 10.02.00 AMAward-winning filmmaker Cellin Gluck was born in Wakayama, Japan to American parents — a Jewish New Yorker father and a Japanese-American mother from California (via wartime “relocation” in Rohwer, AK).  Believing that his greatest asset is his multicultural upbringing, Cellin knows that his own “composition” gives him an innate sensibility for things both Eastern and Western — allowing him to bridge cultures visually, viscerally, artistically and emotionally.



Mordecai Paldiel 2 (1)Dr. Mordecai Paldiel headed the Righteous Among the Nations Department at Yad Vashem from 1982-2007.  His books include The Path of the RighteousSheltering the JewsSaving the JewsDiplomat Heroes of the HolocaustSaving One’s Own: Jewish Rescuers During the Holocaust and The Righteous Among the Nations. He currently teaches at Stern College and Touro College and serves on the Board of the Sousa Mendes Foundation.





Please note:  Registration will close on Thursday, May 14 at 10 p.m. US Eastern Time and the video link for the discussion will be sent the following day.


May 17, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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