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Lessons For Today

  • 136 mins

What are the ongoing lessons to be learned from the wartime incarceration? For many Japanese Americans, it means taking a stand for others, and helping to ensure that such deprivation of civil liberties remains a relic of the past.

In this program

“Then Becoming Now”

“Then Becoming Now” (2019, 24 min.) by Emiko Omori. The journey of three men who went from prison inmates to social activists. Seventy-seven years ago Hiroshi “Shim” Shimizu, Kaz Naganuma, and Hiroshi Fukuda met as toddlers in the Crystal City detention camp.

“And Then They Came For Us”

“And Then They Came For Us” (2017, 47 min.) by Abby Ginzberg. Brings history into the present, retelling this difficult story and following Japanese American activists as they speak out against the Muslim registry and travel ban.

“Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066″

“Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066″ (2019, 65 min.) by Jon Osaki. A film about the false information and political influences which led to the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans. “Alternative Facts” sheds light on the people and politics which influenced the signing of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the mass incarceration of nearly 120,000.