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Saturday, February 17, 2018
5:30 PM—8:00 PM

Film Screening and Discussion—Digital Storytelling Videos



JANM and the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation (HMWF) will co-host a screening of spoken word videos inspired by the Japanese American incarceration during World War II and recorded at the 2017 Heart Mountain Pilgrimage in collaboration with filmmakers Jeff MacIntyre and David Ono. Pilgrimage participants, ranging in age from 16 to 75, were guided by spoken word artist G Yamazawa in bringing their stories to life and the videos touch on subjects such as the ever-present sand in camp, the seizure of land, love, and commitment.

A panel discussion with the filmmakers and a reception hosted by the Japanese American Confinement Sites Consortium, JANM HMWF, and the Japanese American Citizens League will take place immediately following the screening.

This event is free but RSVPs are required. Use the link below or call 213.625.0414.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Sunday, January 28, 2018

13th Annual Museums Free-for-All


Along with more than 40 other regional museums, JANM is proud to make museums available to the broadest possible audience by offering free admission on this day. Please note that RSVPs are strongly encouraged.

For a complete list of participating institutions, visit

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
7:00 PM

Film Screening—I Am Not Your Negro by Raoul Peck



One of the most acclaimed films of 2016 and an Oscar nominee for Best Documentary, I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words, spoken by Samuel L. Jackson, with a flood of rich archival material. Q&A to follow screening.

Presented in partnership with PBS SoCal.

Saturday, December 2, 2017
2:00 PM

Speak Out for Justice: Screening, Panel Discussions, and Audience Q&A



In 1981, the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) heard the testimonies of Japanese Americans across the country who spoke out for the first time about their incarceration during World War II. Recognizing the historic nature of these hearings, Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress (NCRR, then known as the National Coalition for Redress/ Reparations) and Visual Communications (VC) collaborated to videotape the Los Angeles hearings. The impact of the CWRIC hearings in Los Angeles will be the subject of this program. Clips from the hearings will be screened and panel discussions will be convened with testifiers and grassroots organizers, who will discuss the impact of the hearings on the community and on the redress campaign as well as their ongoing relevance today.

People who testified, attended the hearings, or helped with filming are invited to share their recollections during the audience Q&A and comment period at the end. All attendees are invited to a reception with light refreshments following the program.

Highlights of the CWRIC testimonies are available on DVD and will be available for purchase at the event. Complete documentation of all the Los Angeles testimonies is also available in a 13-disc DVD set, which may be pre-ordered at the event or using the online order form.

Presented in partnership with Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress and Visual Communications.

The program is free but RSVP is highly recommended.

Monday, November 27, 2017
7:00 PM—10:00 PM

Film Screening and Discussion—And Then They Came For Us


Join us for the Los Angeles premiere of a new documentary film grappling with the legacy of the World War II mass incarceration of Japanese Americans. Featuring Takei and many others who were incarcerated, as well as newly rediscovered photographs by Dorothea Lange, And Then They Came For Us 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. Screening will be followed by a panel discussion with filmmakers Abby Ginzberg and Ken Schneider; Ahilan Arulanantham, Legal Director of the Southern California ACLU; Bruce Tsurutani, who is featured in the film; and moderator Marya Bangee.

Tickets are $25 each and may be purchased here.

For more information on the film, visit

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
7:30 PM

CHOPSO Presents: Visas and Virtue and Crossover



The Japanese American National Museum is proud to announce its partnership with CHOPSO, the first streaming destination for English-language Asian content from around the world. Several documentary films produced by the museum’s award-winning Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center will be available for streaming on the site.

CHOPSO invites you to celebrate their launch with a 20th anniversary screening of Chris Tashima”s Oscar-winning short film, Visas and Virtue, inspired by the true story of Holocaust rescuer Chiune “Sempo” Sugihara, known as “the Japanese Schindler.” Also screening will be Crossover, Justin Lin’s short documentary about Japanese American basketball made when he worked at JANM”s Media Arts Center. In addition, we will be joined this evening by the talented actor and singer, Megan Lee. Reception at Far Bar to follow event.




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