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Family Histories

  • 105 mins

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.

In this program

“Three Boys Manzanar”

“Three Boys Manzanar” (2016, 7 min.) by Preeti Deb. This is the story of the 70-year reunion of three men held at the Manzanar concentration camp as children.


“One-Two-One-Seven” (2016, 13 min.) by Brett Kodama. Sharon Shizuko Okazaki’s mother was killed by her father, who committed suicide in the Manzanar concentration camp, leading her to the Children’s Village orphanage.

“When Rabbit Left the Moon”

“When Rabbit Left the Moon” (2017, 14 min.) by Emiko Omori. A short lyrical reflection by Emiko Omori, producer of the award-winning “Rabbit in the Moon.”

“The Crystal City”

“The Crystal City” (2018, 13 min.) by Kenya Gillespie. From 1942-1948 in the remote desert town of Crystal City, Texas, the U.S. government operated a little-known WWII internment camp, which held Japanese, German, and Italian prisoners from the U.S. and Latin America.

“Crystal City Pilgrimage”

“Crystal City Pilgrimage” (2019, 16 min.) by Alan Kondo. Crystal City was the largest multinational family concentration camp, holding not only Japanese Americans, but thousands of Japanese who were kidnapped by the U.S. government from 13 Latin American countries.


“Minidoka” (2019, 14 min.) by Megumi Nishikura. Young Seattle-based activist Joseph Shoji Lachman sees parallels between his own family’s history and the Trump administration’s attempts to ban Muslims, refugees and immigrants.

“First to Go”

“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.