“Cherry Blossom” (2019, 3 min.) by Sam Pablo. The Anaheim High School Dance Production Class and Director Oscar Gonzalez presented this dance piece in honor of their fellow classmates from Anaheim High School forcibly incarcerated in 1942.
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.