Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story

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April 18, 2012
Showtimes (change daily)
Wednesday, April 18 at 4pm

Yom Hashoah 
Holocaust Remembrance Day

U.S. theatrical premiere

Co-Presented by Sousa Mendes Foundation

Film will be introduced by the filmmaker Joel Santoni and the grandson of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, Louis-Philippe Mendes, followed by a buffet dinner

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Movie-only tickets available at $9 CAC members/$13 non-members
Tickets also available at CAC Box Office, or by calling 800-838-3006

Joel Santoni’s powerful drama is a vivid retelling of the moving true story of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, the Portuguese Consul General stationed in Bordeaux, France, during World War II.  His government had issued strict orders to all its diplomats, in a document called Circular 14, to deny visas to Holocaust refugees seeking to escape Occupied Europe through Portugal.  Sousa Mendes defied these orders and issued Portuguese visas to an estimated 30,000 people in May and June of 1940 in an operation described by the Holocaust scholar Yehuda Bauer as “perhaps the largest rescue action by a single individual during the Holocaust.” Sousa Mendes’ defiance of government’s order was harshly punished. Famed French actor Bernard Le Coq is brilliant as Sousa Mendes. This event will honor the families rescued by this hero, some of whom will be in attendance.

The film and dinner will be followed by a moving service at 7:30pm at Temple Beth El, 660 Park Avenue, Huntington, with keynote address by Dr. Sylvain Bromberger, Sousa Mendes visa recipient, followed by complimentary coffee and dessert.

Also showing Sunday, April 22 (Bagel Brunch at 10:15am / Film at 11am)