Drive-In Location: West Wind Capitol Drive-In, 3630 Hillcap Ave., San Jose
(NOTE: This is an in-person drive-in presentation only; there will be NO virtual screening)
Tired with staying home all these months? Come join the Japanese American community as we celebrate the 45th anniversary of a landmark film that first taught the general U.S. population about the wartime incarceration of the Japanese American community during World War II — at a time when many Japanese American families themselves even refrained from talking about this dark chapter of American history. The film is based upon the groundbreaking book by James D. and Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, which continues to be required reading in American classrooms.
Gather with the community from the safe confines of your own car to watch this landmark 1976 film by John Korty. The special drive-in screening will include an exclusive on-screen reunion with cast, crew and extras, moderated by cast member Frank Abe. Featuring actors Clyde Kusatsu, Momo Yashima, Akemi Kikumura Yano and Dori Takeshita Chan; cinematographer Hiro Narita, and extras Shawn Wong and Peter Horikoshi. Scholar Lewis Kawahara will discuss the impact of the film.
The drive-in presentation will also include video performances by San Jose Taiko.
Partial proceeds of the drive-in screening to benefit Yu-Ai Kai Japanese American Community Senior Services.
DVDs of “Farewell to Manzanar” will also be for sale at the event.