Film Screenings Past Events
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.
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.
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.
Film Screening—Better Luck Tomorrow: Genesis
A documentary screening illustrating how the independent film Better Luck Tomorrow became a hit movie in the Spring of 2003 and gave renewed attention to Asian American Cinema. The movie (available on DVD and VHS this fall) was showcased in theaters nationally after receiving critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Director Justin Lin, actors from the film, and other principles involved in the genesis of Better Luck Tomorrow.
MOVING PICTURES: Toyo Miyatake
Little Tokyo's favorite son and legendary photographer Toyo Miyatake is the focus of this special program featuring the award-winning documentary, Toyo Miyatake: Infinite Shades of Gray, produced by the National Museum's Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center, a screening of never-before-seen home movies taken by Miyatake and the opening of a new exhibit of Miyatake vintage prints.
2:00 pm: Toyo Miyatake: Infinite Shades of Gray and special screening of Miyatake's home movies
at Aratani Japan America Theater
$8 JACCC & National Museum members, $10 General Admission
3:00 pm: Panel discussion with Karin Higa, Senior Curator of Art & Director of Curatorial/Exhibitions, Japanese American National Museum; Hirokazu Kosaka, Artist & Visual Arts Director, Japanese American Community & Cultural Center; Archie Miyatake, Toyo Miyatake's eldest son; Robert A. Nakamura, Director, Toyo Miyatake: Infinite Shades of Gray and Dennis Reed, Dean of Arts, L.A. Valley College. Moderated by Karen L. Ishizuka, Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum.
4:00 pm: Reception & Exhibition Opening. Music from Toyo Miyatake: Infinite Shades of Gray performed live by composer David Iwataki. JACCC Garden Room. Free to the Public
Fighting Separate Wars: Heroes Abroad, Outsiders at Home
Following the screening of excerpts from Looking Like the Enemy, directed by Robert Nakamura and written and produced by Karen Ishizuka, a diverse panel of World War II veterans look back and reflect on the experience of choosing to serve in the armed forces of a country in which their own civil rights were not (always) protected.