Sophie and the Rising Sun: Maggie Greenwald’s WWII Interracial Romance

Set in the autumn of 1941 in Salty Creek, a fishing village in South Carolina, Sophie and the Rising Sun tells the dramatic story of interracial lovers swept up in the tides of history.

The film is directed and written by Maggie Greenwald, based on the novel by Augusta Trobaugh

As World War II rages in Europe a wounded 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 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.


Julianne Nicholson, Margo Martindale, Lorraine Toussaint, Takashi Yamaguchi, Diane Ladd, Joel Murray and Bobby Henline

Screenplay by: Maggie Greenwald, based on the novel by: Augusta Trobaugh

Directed by: Maggie Greenwald

Produced by:  Brenda Goodman, Nancy Dickenson, Lorraine Gallard, Maggie Greenwald

Co-Producer: Susan Lazarus

Running Time: 105 min