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Series: Film Screenings

All programs are free for JANM members and free 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 rsvp@janm.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.

 

Sunday, February 28, 2016
2:00 PM

Film Screening—Copyright: Leonard Frank and The War Between Us

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In conjunction with Two Views, JANM will screen a short documentary on Leonard Frank and a feature-length drama set against the Japanese Canadian incarceration.

Copyright: Leonard Frank tells the story of the great Canadian photographer, who emigrated from Germany at the age of 22. After winning a camera in a lottery, he spent the next 50 years taking pictures of everyday life, landscapes, and industry in British Columbia, becoming renowned as one of the defining photographers of Western Canada.

Set in British Columbia shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, The War Between Us tells the story of the Kawashima family, who are forcibly taken away from their home and business and sent to a mining camp deep in the country’s interior. The family faces primitive living conditions and racist treatment from the locals, but they eventually forge real friendships with their neighbors, helping to ease their feelings of betrayal by the Canadian government.

Free with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Saturday, March 26, 2016
2:00 PM

Film Screening and Panel Discussion—To Climb a Gold Mountain

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In honor of Women’s History Month, JANM presents To Climb a Gold Mountain (2015), a documentary that tells the story of Los Angeles through the eyes of four immigrant Chinese women.

Covering a span of 160 years, each woman featured in the film faced a different set of challenges, fighting in her own unique way to make a difference. Included are Anna May Wong, a groundbreaking actress who achieved success and fame, and Sing Ye, a little-known prostitute who lived in the 1800s and fought for freedom.

A thought-provoking film, To Climb a Gold Mountain seeks to address contemporary issues of immigration, violence against women, and cross-cultural relations by reflecting on the struggles of the past. Panel discussion with the filmmakers to follow the screening.

Free with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Saturday, April 2, 2016
2:00 PM

Film Screening and Panel Discussion—The Empty Chair

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In 1942, Alaska native John Tanaka was going to be the valedictorian of his high school graduating class, but was scheduled to be incarcerated by the U.S. government before the ceremony could take place. In response, the Juneau school board voted to hold a special early graduation ceremony for him. When the official ceremony was held for the class of ’42, they set aside an empty chair on the platform to acknowledge Tanaka’s absence. Tanaka went on to volunteer for service in the all-Japanese American 442 Regimental Combat Team while his family remained in an American concentration camp.

The Empty Chair is a unique documentary film composed of interviews of survivors from that period, rare historical photos, never-before-seen archival footage, U.S. government documentaries, and historical accounts. All of these sources are woven together to draw the viewer back into this little-known chapter of American history. Panel with the filmmakers to follow the screening.

Free with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Saturday, May 14, 2016
2:00 PM

Film Screening and Panel Discussion—Toyo Miyatake: Infinite Shades of Gray

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FREE

Iconic photographer Toyo Miyatake and his search for truth and beauty are the subjects of this award-winning documentary film.

Discussion with producer Karen L. Ishizuka and director Robert A. Nakamura to follow, with an introduction by Making Waves exhibition curator Dennis Reed.

This film is available at the JANM Store.

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