Linas Didvalis
Vytautas Magnus University. Associate professor

Documentary movie "Visas for Life. The Chain of Courage"

During the Second World War, thousands of Jewish refugees could escape the Holocaust in Europe through Japan. The visas issued by Chiune Sugihara, Japanese vice-consul in Kaunas (Lithuania), are known as Visas for Life.

The documentary tells the authentic story through the eyes of survivors, who remember their journeys, that started in Poland, crossed different continents and ended in Israel, Canada, New Zealand, the USA, and other new homelands.

The documentary is not only about Sugihara, because it presents numerous other named and unnamed heroes, who made this path possible by forming a chain of courage and goodwill. By following the stories of survivors, the documentary shows that every single link in this long chain of courage was essential.

The movie was created by Aurelijus Zykas, Kristijonas Jakubsonas, and Linas Didvalis with generous support by Toshiba International Foundation. It also contains interviews of survivors and their families living in Vancouver (Canada) conducted by a journalist Ms. Aya Takahashi.