“The Legacy of Heart Mountain” (2014, 53 min.) by David Ono and Jeff MacIntyre. Heart Mountain is a spectacular backdrop to a story of triumph and tragedy in this Emmy Award-winning film. Most vivid, however, are the stories from people who once called it “home.” At the heart of the film are striking photos taken by George and Frank Hirahara, developed in a secret dark room under their barrack. The film features Nisei draft resisters, as well as Nisei veterans of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion who helped to liberate Dachau.
From Wyoming to Arkansas, these films encapsulate the concentration camp experience in one concise volume, giving voice to those who survived the incarceration, as well as those who advocated for them.