“American” (2018, 18 min.) by Richie Adams. A veteran who works as a volunteer at the Japanese American National Museum encounters a mother and her young daughter, triggering events that happened in his past, including his time as a young man in a Japanese American concentration camp and later serving with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team during WWII. Starring George Takei.
The narrative shorts allow us to step back in time — creating a visceral experience of the sparse living quarters and barren desert, capturing the camaraderie and fractures that develop, and drawing us into the emotions of the characters. It is encouraging to see younger filmmakers remain connected to the stories of their ancestors.