Based on events in 1940 Bordeaux, this film tells the story of Portuguese Consul Aristides de Sousa Mendes, who defied dictator Antonio Salazar's directive to forbid the entry of "undesirables," particularly Jews, into Portugal. Against Salazar's orders, Sousa Mendes issued approximately 30,000 Portuguese visas allowing people to escape to Portugal.
This film is a portrait in courage, relaying the story of a man who chose to live by his convictions despite danger and hardship. After his death, Sousa Mendes was declared to be among the righteous of nations and posthumously promoted to the rank of Ambassador.
Guest speaker, Sousa Mendes visa recipient Sarah Tanne Tillis will be in attendance at the March 13 screening.