A drama that tells the story of artist Jackson Pollock's niece, Brooklyn-born Rena "Rusty" Glickman, the only person of Jewish descent to receive Japan's highest civilian honor -- The Emperor's Order of The Rising Sun. As a twelve-year-old, Rusty learned about the horrors of the Holocaust and resolved THAT was not going to happen to her. She would be better and stronger than THEM -- THEY would not win this time. She didn't know how, but then she found judo -- a sport at which she excelled but from which women were excluded. So in 1959 and then a single mother, Rusty decided to compete in the New York State Judo Championships while disguised as a man. In a stunning upset, Rusty beat the reigning State Champion -- but as she stood on the podium to receive her gold medal, THEY asked if she was a girl. When she acknowledged that she was, the organizers took back her medal! Rusty vowed THIS was not going to be the end of HER story, and it wasn't -- many accomplishments followed. She is ...
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