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Something Strong Within

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An experimental documentary that utilizes home movie footage shot by Japanese Americans living inside America’s concentration camps during WWII, this view from within depicts the struggle of 120,000 souls to overcome betrayal and hardship to reconstruct a community behind barbed wire.

Produced in conjunction with the America’s Concentration Camps: Remembering the Japanese American Experience exhibition.

Release date: 1995

Production Credits:
Directed & Edited by Robert A. Nakamura

Music Written & Performed by Dan Kuramoto
Produced & Written by Karen L. Ishizuka

40 minutes. Color.


CINE Golden Eagle, 1996
Silver Muse Award, American Association of Museums, 1995
First Place History (Exhibits), American Association of Museums, 1995
Bronze Award, Houston International Film Festival, 1995
First Place Documentary, San Jose University Film & Video Festival, 1995
Chris Award, Columbus International Film & Video Festival, 1995

Seattle Asian American Film Festival, 1996
Council on Foundations Film & Video Festival, 1996
Margaret Mead Film Festival, 1995
National Margaret Mead Traveling Film Festival, 1995-1996
Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, 1995
USA Film Festival, 1995
Athens International Film & Video Festival, 1995
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film & Video Festival, 1995
Robert Flaherty Seminar for Independent Film & Cinema, 1995

This production is available for purchase at the Museum Store.



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