Series: Film Screenings
All programs are free for JANM members and included with admission for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change.
Reservations are recommended for most programs; you may use the links below. You may also RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 213.625.0414 at least 48 hours in advance. Please indicate the name, date, and time of the program, as well as your name and the number of people in your party. (RSVPs are not accepted for Family Festivals). For all ticketed events (classes, workshops, food tours, etc.), pre-payment is required to hold your space. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refund will be issued.
Film Screening and Discussion—Hidden Histories: The Story and Legacy of Japanese American WWII Incarceration
Hidden Histories is a touring program of five short narrative films about the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans; four of those films will be screened for this event. Each film tells a personal story dramatizing a different period of this history, from the issuance of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the creation of confinement sites, to its present-day legacy for younger generations.
Hidden Histories commemorates an important chapter in American history at the same time that it serves as a cautionary tale; although the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians declared in 1982 that the Japanese American incarceration was “motivated largely by racial prejudice, wartime hysteria, and a failure of political leadership,” our nation is at risk of repeating those mistakes. Hidden Histories reminds us of the profound cost of abandoning our ideals of an inclusive society and equal protection under the law.
Discussion with the filmmakers to follow the screening. Included with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.
Film Screening and Discussion—A Bitter Legacy
Inside the World War II camps where Japanese Americans were incarcerated, secret prisons were created for those considered “troublemakers” and “collaborators” by the US government.
Claudia Katayanagi’s film looks at these “citizen isolation centers,” now considered precursors to Guantanamo, and examines their legacy.
Discussion with the filmmaker to follow. Included with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.
Film Screening and Discussion—Moving Walls: American Nightmare to American Dream
Join us for the LA premiere of a new documentary about what became of the barracks built to house 11,000 Japanese Americans at Heart Mountain concentration camp. Featuring interviews with former prisoners as well as people who live in the structures today.
Q&A to follow with filmmaker Sharon Yamato and photojournalist Stan Honda, whose work is featured in the companion book, Moving Walls: Preserving the Barracks of America’s Concentration Camps.
Included with museum admission. Free for JANM and Visual Communications members. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.
Co-sponsored by Visual Communications.