Series: Film Screenings
All programs are free for Museum members and free with admission for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change.
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MIS: Human Secret Weapon
Screenings to be held at 12PM and 2PM.
Composed of Japanese American soldiers who were trained as linguists, the MIS were essential in helping the U.S. achieve victory in the Pacific Theater during WWII. Many of the soldiers fighting and translating on the frontlines were Nisei who had previously been incarcerated with their families in U.S. concentration camps.
Q&A with MIS veteran Hitoshi Sameshima to follow 2PM screening.
A Flicker in Eternity by Sharon Yamato, Ann Kaneko, and Joanne Oppenheim
Screenings will be held at 2PM and 3PM.:
This documentary tells the true World War II story of Stanley Hayami, a talented young teenager caught between his dreams of becoming an artist and his duty to his country. Based on Stanley’s diary and letters archived at the Japanese American National Museum, this coming-of-age tale chronicles Stanley’s life behind barbed wire and as a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. The film captures this young man’s humor and imagination through endearing cartoons and witty observations that provide a firsthand look at the indignity of incarceration and the tragedy of war.
Q&A with filmmaker and family to follow 3PM screening.
Co-directors: Ann Kaneko and Sharon Yamato
Producer/Writer: Joanne Oppenheim
Special Guest: Dawn Hayami
Go For Broke!
Originally released by MGM in 1951, Go For Broke! tells the story of the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Join us for a viewing of this classic film.
Swing music played a vital role as escape, as therapy, and as a connection to the outside American world. Playing and appreciating such a totally American art form was an aspect of their American identity that could not be denied within the confines of the camps or the denial of their civil rights.
KEET-TV producers Claire Reynolds and Sam Greene collaborated with artist Amy Uyeki, to tell the stories of former internees who played music in the camps through interviews and archival footage interspersed with segments of Ms. Uyeki's twelve-minute animated short. Created from original woodcuts and drawings, the animation is inspired by actual events and accounts of some of the musicians and singers she interviewed.
With help from advisor and musician, George Yoshida, the Searchlight team was able to locate former bandmembers in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Yuba City and Portland. The interviews with 9 musicians and singers from the camps, many of whom are still performing, form the basis of this moving documentary, and their poignant stories and ebullient spirits remind viewers that art and music can be an incredible force of healing and positive energy in a difficult environment.
Hiro: A Story of Japanese Internment by Keiko Wright