Synopsis by Alice Day
Appearing first at the Sundance Film Festival in 1999, this documentary dispels commonly held ideas regarding the Japanese-Americans who were forced to live in isolated internment camps during World War II. Some Americans still believe that Japanese-Americans were there of their own accord. Unable to keep silent any longer, former residents speak out in this film and discuss the long-term psychological effects of the camps. The film covers the generational conflict within the camps, as well as the deaths of two Japanese-Americans killed by the U.S. Army at the Manzanar Relocation Center.
internment, Japanese-American, family-history, memoir, profiling [prejudice], relocation-camps, betrayal, community, cultural-identity, mother, world-war, minority