Films of Resistance

  • 150 mins

The wartime incarceration was met with varied responses, from super patriotism to resistance. These films take a look at those who protested during their incarceration in the face of community ostracism, so-called “trouble-makers” who defied  the narrative that Japanese Americans were docile.

In this program


“A Bitter Legacy: WWII Secret Citizen Isolation Prisons”

Directed by Claudia Katayanagi

“A Bitter Legacy: WWII Secret Citizen Isolation Prisons” (2016, 70 min.) by Claudia Katayanagi. The Japanese American incarceration camps are a widely known shame. Less known is that some camps were secret prisons to isolate U.S. citizen “troublemakers” from other prisoners.

“Resistance at Tule Lake”

Directed by Konrad Aderer

“Resistance at Tule Lake” (2017, 80 min.) by Konrad Aderer. The long-suppressed story of 12,000 Japanese Americans who dared to resist the U.S. government’s program of mass incarceration during WWII.