Exhibition, on view from Friday, January 22-Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Visas to Freedom: Aristides de Sousa Mendes and the Refugees of World War II
On view will be original passports with visas signed by Sousa Mendes along with other artifacts on loan from Sousa Mendes visa recipient families and the Sousa Mendes family.
Film Screening, Saturday, January 23, 11 a.m.
With God Against Man (46', 2014)
This gripping documentary follows a group of Sousa Mendes visa recipient families retracing their exodus from Nazi-occupied Europe in 1940 to find lost traces of their personal pasts.
Film Screening, Saturday, January 23, 2 p.m.
Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story (108', 2009)
This French film with English subtitles starring Bernard Lecoq as Aristides de Sousa Mendes won the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film at the 2014 San Diego Jewish Film Festival.
Ceremony, Saturday, January 23, 6 p.m.
Remembering Aristides de Sousa Mendes
Speakers include Sebastian Mendes, grandson of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, Michael Berenbaum, co-founder of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and others. Awards presentation. Music and refreshments.
By invitation only. Please contact us if you wish to attend.
Concert, Sunday, January 24, 3 p.m.
Circular 14: The Apotheosis of Aristides
Gala concert and world premiere starring LA Opera artists Robert MacNeil in the role of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, Ashley Faatoalia in the role of Salazar, Marina Harris in the role of Sousa Mendes's first wife Angelina, Katherine Giaquinto in the role of Sousa Mendes's second wife Andrée, and special guest Stephan Kirchgraber, bass, in the role of Rabbi Kruger. Michel Gill from "House of Cards" -- whose family was rescued by Aristides de Sousa Mendes -- narrates in the role of Sousa Mendes's twin brother César. Donald Brinegar conducts the award-winning Donald Brinegar Singers, with Pedro da Silva on Portuguese guitar and the composer Neely Bruce at the piano. Concert produced by Marilyn Ziering with all proceeds benefiting the Sousa Mendes Foundation. For artist bios and more information please go here.
General Seating: $40.
Sponsorship package including two concert tickets and VIP reception following the performance with Michel Gill and the cast: $350.
For more information on the Los Angeles events, please see our press release.
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