Japanese American National Museum
Media Arts

Recent Productions


Drawing the Line


A survey of some of the diverse and dynamic Japanese American artists, designers and activists working in Post-WWII Los Angeles ...

Textured Lives


A collection of stories that gives voice to the unknown tales and innumerable hardships of the early Japanese immigrants to ...

Enduring Communities


A series of documentaries that highlight the Japanese American experience in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Utah.

From Bento to Mixed Plate


A trilogy of documentaries about the Japanese American experience in Hawai'i.

Beyond the Japanese Garden


Stories of Japanese American gardeners and their gardens.

Life Interrupted


Life Interrupted: Reunion and Remembrance in Arkansas features stories that reflect the history and emotions of a community forged in ...

Big Drum


Big Drum: Taiko In the United States features America’s taiko pioneers and documents the ongoing transformation of this dynamic performing ...

9066 to 9/11


America’s Concentration Camps, then... and now?

Eyewitness: Stan Honda


A profile of famed photojournalist Stan Honda, who photographed the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Iraq war, ...

Words, Weavings & Songs


Three extraordinary Japanese American women – Wakako Yamauchi, Momo Nagano, and Mary Kageyama Nomura – survived the WWII concentration camps ...

Crossroads: Boyle Heights


The story of Boyle Heights, historically a mecca for new immigrants and one of the most diverse and fascinating neighborhoods ...

Toyo Miyatake: Infinite Shades of Gray


Toyo Miyatake was among the first to photograph life inside America’s concentration camps during WWII, yet it was his little-known ...

Harsh Canvas


From Japan to California, on to Paris, then to concentration camps in Arkansas that transformed his art forever and finally ...



A fast-breaking journey into the 70-year old phenomenon of the Japanese American basketball leagues.

Top of Their Game


Featuring Kristi Yamaguchi, Wat Misaka, and others, Top of Their Game profiles Japanese American athletes from three generations and nine ...

Dear Miss Breed


Dear Miss Breed tells the real life story of how a librarian became a hero to Japanese American youth in ...

The Bracelet


The classic children’s story of friendship and war by Yoshiko Uchida with illustrations by Joanna Yardley.

Looking Like the Enemy


A video essay on the paradoxes of race and the ironies of war.

Something Strong Within


Through never-before-seen film footage shot by inmates themselves, Something Strong Within depicts the struggle of 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent ...

Moving Memories


George Takei hosts MOVING MEMORIES, a journey into the 1920s and 1930s featuring restored and edited home movies taken by ...

Through Our Own Eyes


Early 16mm home movies taken by Issei pioneers that were subsequently deposited in the Photographic and Moving Image Archive of ...

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