This is a historical fiction piece inspired by the true story of one Japanese man’s selfless act of bravery during the Holocaust which saved the lives of 6,000 Jewish refugees – my family amongst them.
It is my tribute to the man to whom I owe my existence.
Sydney, 1968. Rachel (the protagonist’s) grandmother gets word that the man who saved her in 1940 has been located. She wishes to go thank him. But she is in ill health. Rachel’s father, too traumatised from repressed childhood memories to face his past, refuses to go. So, naïve and insensitive to his damage, Rachel defiantly offers to escort her.
The story moves to Japan and then, when Rachel’s grandmother unexpectedly passes away, she continues behind the Iron Curtain to Moscow, where this man – Chiune Sugihara is found to be living, to fulfil her grandmother’s wish.
Fearing for Rachel’s safety, her father is forced to chase her, resulting in a catharsis as he faces his mental anguish and they reconnect on a level they have never previously been able to.
At great personal risk and defying his government Sugihara illegally issued transit visas to Japan to these desperate people, saving them from certain death. It’s important to educate the masses about deeds such as this.
The story deals with universal themes -trauma, the mental health issues of survivors, the hurdles refugees face in a new country and the impact on the next generation. This film also provides continued education on the Holocaust. Given the multicultural nature of modern-day Australian society, I believe the film highlights the themes of tolerance and acceptance, whilst shining a light on the global rise in Anti-Semitism. It’s a passion project for me as I would not be here today if not for this man’s heroic act. I wish to educate the population while honouring his legacy. With the aid of an amazing and dedicated writer, Nico Lathouris – Co-writer of Mad Max Fury Road – I hope to achieve my dream of realising this movie. I am asking for donations to assist in the writing of the first draft. My co-writer is highly experienced and so I need to pay him.
Donations will be used predominantly to research and write the first draft of a script for a screenplay. The funds will also be used for consultancy, platform fees, travel, graphic design, meetings, transport etc., which along with our pro-bono assets – historical research, script editing, and social impact strategy, will allow us to complete the first phase of our project. The end result will be a completed, professional first draft with which to approach serious investors, directors and production companies for future financing. Every stage of this project will be fully documented. The general public can follow its progress via social media on Linkedin, Facebook and Instagram.
Our website – thesaviourfilm.com – will provide regular updates on the film’s progress.