“First to Go” (2017, 20 min.) by Myles Matsuno. A couple of hours after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Ichiro Kataoka was the first San Francisco Japanese prisoner taken by the FBI from his hotel in Japantown. Ichiro would eventually reunite with his family three years later in the Topaz, Utah concentration camp.
Younger generations rediscover the struggle faced by those who came before them in this program of shorts exploring family history. By retracing their journeys, they gain a better appreciation of the power of storytelling.