Watch This: Trailer for Sophie and the Rising Sun

Julianne Nicholson in Sophie and the Rising Sun

Sophie and the Rising Sun is a tale of interracial love during WW II. As you know, after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and the U.S. entered WW II, American discrimination against anyone of Japanese extraction grew to a fever pitch. Most Japanese Americans were hauled off to internment camps. Flash forward 70 years, and we’re talking about doing the same thing to Muslims. We seem doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past.

The cast includes Julianne Nicholson, Takashi Yamaguchi, Margo Martindale, Diane Ladd, and Lorraine Toussaint.

Takashi Yamaguchi in Sophie and the Rising Sun

Sophie and the Rising Sun is based on the novel by Augusta Trobaugh, with a screenplay by Maggie Greenwald. Maggie Greenwald directed. Six of the 7 producers are women.

Here’s the synopsis:

Set in the autumn of 1941 in Salty Creek, a fishing village in South Carolina, the film tells the dramatic story of interracial lovers swept up in the tides of history. As World War II rages in Europe a wounded Asian stranger, Mr. Ohta, appears in the town under mysterious circumstances. Sophie, a native of Salty Creek, quickly becomes transfixed by Mr. Ohta and a friendship born of their mutual love of art blossoms into a delicate and forbidden courtship. As their secret relationship evolves the war escalates tragically. When Pearl Harbor is bombed, a surge of misguided patriotism, bigotry and violence sweeps through the town, threatening Mr. Ohta’s life. A trio of women, each with her own secrets – Sophie, along with the town matriarch and her housekeeper – rejects law and propriety, risking their lives with their actions.

The film will be released in theaters in January 2017.

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