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Saturday, December 4, 2004
2:00 PM

The Nisei Farmer by Dean Yamada

Inspired by an experience with his own father, writer and director Dean Yamada will present his award-winning dramatic short film about a farmer who is forced to choose between holding on to the bitterness of his youth, which arose out of his incarceration in an American concentration camp during World War II, and letting go of that past to restore his broken relationship with his wife. Integral to the story is the farmer's decision to either accept or decline $20,000 in reparations from the U.S. government.

After the screening, Yamada will discuss how he formulated this personal story into film.

Thursday, August 5, 2004
7:30 PM

9066 to 9/11

Produced by the National Museum's Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center, 9066 to 9/11 explores similarities between the treatment of Japanese Americans during World War II and Arab and South Asian Americans post-9/11. The film reveals disturbing parallels between these experiences -- separated by more than sixty years. While Executive Order 9066, which authorized the incarceration of Japanese Americans during the war was not reinstated post-9/11, the need to defend the Constitutional rights of all people has never been more relevant than now.

This screening will be followed by a discussion featuring award-winning Japanese American, Arab American, and Muslim American journalists, including photographer STAN HONDA; Knight Ridder Washington Bureau correspondent, KEN MORITSUGU; Detroit Free Press Staff Writer, NIRAJ WARIKOO, and LORRAINE ALI, contributing editor for Newsweek. VAL ZAVALA, Host of KCET's Life & Times will moderate.

In conjunction with the exhibition September 11: Bearing Witness to History
Thursday, July 22, 2004
7:30 PM

9066 to 9/11

The filmmakers of and selected subjects from the film discuss the making of this timely project.

Please refer to the July 8 calendar listing for more information.

In conjunction with the exhibition September 11: Bearing Witness to History
Thursday, July 8, 2004
7:30 PM

9066 to 9/11

Produced by the National Museum's Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center, 9066 to 9/11 explores similarities between the treatment of Japanese Americans during World War II and Arab and South Asian Americans post-9/11. The film reveals disturbing parallels between these experiences -- separated by more than sixty years. While Executive Order 9066, which authorized the incarceration of Japanese Americans during the war was not reinstated post-9/11, the need to defend the Constitutional rights of all people has never been more relevant than now.

This screening will be followed by a discussion featuring award-winning Japanese American, Arab American, and Muslim American journalists, including photographer STAN HONDA; Knight Ridder Washington Bureau correspondent, KEN MORITSUGU; Detroit Free Press Staff Writer, NIRAJ WARIKOO, and LORRAINE ALI, contributing editor for Newsweek. VAL ZAVALA, Host of KCET's Life & Times will moderate.

In conjunction with the exhibition September 11: Bearing Witness to History
Saturday, January 24, 2004
2:00 PM

Patsy Sumie Saiki Film - A Daughter of Hawaii: Her 88th Year

Produced and directed by Patsy Sumie Saiki's grandson, Arnie Saiki, this documentary chronicles Ms. Saiki's life and family history in Hawai'i. The acclaimed author has written Sachie a Daughter of Hawai'i and Early Japanese Immigrants in Hawaii. After the screening, the author will talk about her literary career and her experience making the film.

Saturday, December 27, 2003

Frank H. Watase Family Media Arts Center Screenings

The Frank H. Watase Family Media Arts Center has produced award-winning films to enhance the visitor experience for more than a decade. Select works from the video library will screen in the George & Sakaye Aratani Central Hall followed by comments from Watase Media Arts Center staff.

10:30am - Plantation Roots, 1997
"King" Sugar and its plantations recruited Japanese, along with other ethnic groups to Hawai`i as cheap labor in the mid-late 1800s. Plantation Roots shows how vestiges of the plantation experience can still be seen in Hawaii's community, culture, and business.

11:30am - Dear Miss Breed, 2000
Dear Miss Breed tells the story of Clara Breed, a librarian who became a hero to Japanese American youth incarcerated during WWII.

1:00pm - Top of Their Game, 2000
Top of Their Game profiles well known and little-known heroes from diverse sports, different eras, and three generations.

2:00pm - Words, Weavings & Songs, 2002
Words, Weavings & Songs describes how Wakako Yamauchi, Momo Nagano, and Mary Kageyama survived the WWII concentration camps with unrelenting creative expression.

3:00pm - Toyo Miyatake: Infinite Shades of Gray, 2001
Elegant and penetrating, Toyo Miyatake: Infinite Shades of Gray positions this immigrant photographer within the canon of American art.

 

 

 

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