Voices of resistance, and those who were angered by their wartime incarceration, speak volumes. In the 1980s, it took a federal commission to unravel layers of pain and decades of frustration, which would lead to a historic community victory for redress and reparations.
“Speak Out for Justice” (2018, 14 min.) by Steve Nagano. The landmark Los Angeles Commission on the Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians hearings, where Japanese Americans testified about their wartime incarceration for the first time, which led to Japanese American Redress.
“Mr. Tanimoto’s Journey” (2017, 27 min.) by Jesse Dizard. Jim Tanimoto is the last living member of a group of men known as the Block 42 resisters at the Tule Lake Segregation Center, who protested the loss of their constitutional rights.
“Right of Passage” (2015, 98 min.) by Janice D. Tanaka. A bold, no-holds-barred look at the 50-year odyssey of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which offered an unprecedented U.S. government apology to Japanese Americans who were imprisoned during World War II. Presented through the Reagan Presidency, it is also an expose of a community known as the model minority.