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FILM SCREENINGS

DAY TIME SHOWINGS

These films will be shown in a room during the day as a booster activity while delegates are in business sessions.

"Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony for Nisei Veterans"

Wednesday  |  1 p.m.  |  60 minutes


This program is a recording by C-Span of the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony which was held to honor the Japanese American Veterans of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligence Service (MIS) during World War II. The Ceremony was held at the United States Capitol Visitors Center on November 2, 2011. House Speaker John Boehner conducted the ceremony with other Members of Congress speaking. Nisei veterans who
were receiving the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington, D.C. and their families attended the ceremony. 

 

"An American Story, History of California's Nisei Veterans"

Wednesday  |  2:15 p.m.  |  20 minutes


During World War II, Japanese Americans served the United States military only in segregated units as did the African Americans. The Nisei (second generation Japanese American) soldiers of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team fought in some of the bloodiest combat of World War II. They earned seven Presidential Unit Citations and over 9,000 purple hearts. [Other awards have subsequently been awarded to them after this film was made.] The Military Intelligence Service
(MIS) was another Nisei unit of the U.S. Army which worked with Allied Forces in the Pacific. Their work was classified for many years, but they are credited with helping to shorten the war.

 

Written and produced by Tom Graves, photographer and historian.

 

"National Japanese American Memorial Site to Patriotism"

Wednesday  |  2:45 p.m.  |  20 minutes


This film visits the site of the National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism and tells some of the story of Japanese Americans during World War II. It shows the different parts of the Memorial with the beautiful cherry blossoms which surround the Memorial. The family visiting the Memorial goes through some of the history. There are also interviews with others who visited the Memorial.

"A Flicker in Eternity"

Wednesday  |  3:15 p.m.  |  25 minutes


This film is based on the diary and letters of Stanley Hayami, a gifted teenager who dreamed of being a writer/artist. He felt a duty to serve his country so he left the camp to join the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a young Nisei who gave his life for America. His life is vividly retold through his cartoons and witty observations while it covers the World War II Japanese American experience. 

"Transcending, The Wat Misaka Story"

Thursday  |  9:00 a.m.  |  90 minutes


Wat Misaka was born and raised in Ogden, Utah. He became a star on the basketball team of Weber College which was then a junior college. He transferred to the University of Utah where he was also on the basketball team. After playing in the NIT tournament in New York City where Utah won in 1944, Wat received a draft notice. He was in the U.S. Army during the occupation of Japan and then returned to college at the University of Utah. After Utah won the NCAA tournament in New York City, Wat was drafted by the New York Knicks in 1947. He was the first non-white person to play in what is now the NBA. This film tells about the Japanese American experience during World War II.

 

Written and produced by Christine Toy Johnson and Bruce Johnson.

 

"Nisei Bowling"

Thursday  |  10:30 a.m.  |  22 minutes


This film is about the Nisei bowling group in Salt Lake City. Senior citizens, mostly Japanese Americans who are in their sixties, seventies, eighties, and nineties, are in the bowling league. They enjoy themselves as they bowl together each week. This video shows them bowling, and there are interviews about the bowling league and life in the Salt Lake City area over the years. The film covers some of the history of the Japanese American community and the JACL as it
relates to bowling.

 

Produced by Alli Nakamura.

 

"Never Forget"

Thursday  |  1:30 p.m.  |  60 minutes


This film documents the Japanese American Nisei (second generation) soldier’s story of the 100th /442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service of World War II. Interviews were conducted with San Diego Nisei veterans and their families and family members of veterans who have passed on. Their personal stories are told of the  struggles after Pearl Harbor, the mass evacuation to Santa Anita Racetrack and eventual relocation of entire families.
Most of the people in that area were sent to the Poston Camp in Arizona.

 

Written and directed by Lane Nishikawa and presented by the San Diego Japanese American Citizens League and West River Production.

"Recognition & Reconciliation Ceremony"

Saturday  |  8:00 a.m.  |  65 minutes


This film documents the JACL Ceremony to Apologize to the Resisters of Conscience of World War II. The ceremony was held on May 11, 2002, in San Francisco, California. This film contains portions of the apology talk given by Floyd Mori (JACL National President), and talks by John Tateishi (JACL National Executive Director/CEO), Congressman Mike Honda, Frank
Emi, and others. The M.C. for the program was Andy Noguchi, who had worked hard for many years to gain the apology. The JACL had passed a resolution at the JACL National Convention in 2000 to apologize to the Resisters for the treatment which they received from the JACL during the war years and the hard feelings many had for years after the war.

 

"My Face Was My Crime"

Saturday  |  9:15 a.m.  |  25 minutes


This documentary film is about the Tule Lake Segregation Center which was open from April 23, 1942, to March 29, 1946. Tule Lake was the largest and most infamous of the camps because it July 1943, Tule Lake became the Segregation Center. Although people from certain geographic locations were originally taken to Tule Lake, it was the camp where people from the other camps who had refused to sign a loyalty oath or who caused disturbances were sent. In 2006, 43 acres were designated a National Historic Landmark.

EVENING SHOWINGS

"Never Give Up: Min Yasui and the Fight for Justice"

Thursday  |  7:00 p.m.


This film portrays the life and times of civil rights activist Minoru (Min) Yasui, who was born in Hood River, Oregon, of Japanese immigrant parents in 1916. He was an attorney who initiated a legal test case during World War II by challenging military orders that led to the incarceration of over 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry. He spent nine months in solitary confinement awaiting his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled against him. After the war, Yasui continued to defend the human and civil rights of all people. During the 1980’s, he worked on Redress for Japanese Americans which resulted in a formal apology and reparations for those who were removed from their West Coast homes and incarcerated in camps during World War II. His wartime case was reopened, and he was finally cleared. He died in 1986. Educational Package including Study Guide available to all chapters and individuals who want to help promote the film and curriculum in their local schools.  

A Q&A with Holly Yasui, Min’s daughter, and Peggy Nagae, the lead attorney in Min’s case, will follow the screening.

"Norman Mineta and His Legacy, An American Story"

Thursday  |  8:45 p.m.


This film covers the life, career, and contributions of Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, who was the first Asian American mayor of a major city, San Jose, California. He was born in San Jose and was incarcerated at Heart Mountain, Wyoming, with his family as a young boy. He became a United States Congressman and later was Secretary of Commerce under President Bill Clinton and Secretary of Transportation under President George W. Bush. He was Secretary of Transportation at the time of 9/11. He is an American hero who has always supported the Japanese American and Asian American community over the years as well as being a champion of civil rights for all.

Norman Mineta, and film producers, Diane Fukami and Debra Nakatomi, will be on hand for the film and for questions after the showing.

"Our Lost Years"

Friday  |  7:00 p.m. 


"Our Lost Years" is Lane Nishikawa’s new documentary feature film on the incarceration of the 120,000 persons of Japanese heritage, American citizens and immigrants, during World War II. It commemorates the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, and the 30th anniversary of H.R. 442, the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which provided for an apology and reparations to those who were forced to leave their West Coast homes and enter camps. Lane interviewed those who were incarcerated, their children and grandchildren, politicians, community leaders, lawyers, and activists. Our Lost Years takes the audience on a personal, comprehensive, behind-the-scenes journey, exploring the emotional and psychological impact of the evacuation and incarceration, the insurmountable ten-year battle for redress and reparations with its bitter sweet triumph, and the newfound legacy of a battered community becoming a voice of justice for all people.

Lane Nishikawa will be on site to sell DVD's, which will directly benefit the San Diego JACL Chapter.

 

"Only the Brave"

Friday  |  8:45 p.m. 


The all-Nisei (2nd generation Japanese American) 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team was ordered to rescue the "lost battalion" which was a group from Texas. They suffered casualties while saving 211 Texans. This film is inspired by that historic rescue and captures some of the tragedies and scarifies of those courageous Americans. This feature film stars Tamlyn Tomita and Lane Nishikawa.