“For Joy” (2019, 15 min.) by Julian Saporiti. Singer-songwriter and Ph.D. student Julian Saporiti along with his Brown University classmate Erin Aoyama travel to Hawai‘i to meet Joy Teraoka, the singer for the George Igawa Orchestra, a jazz band which formed in the WWII prison camp at Heart Mountain, Wyo., shedding light on the role music played during the Japanese American incarceration.
Out of bleak surroundings and the deprivation of civil liberties, music, art and culture bloomed out of the desert during the war. Some artists flourished once released from the camps, reaching new heights in their fields.