Film Screenings in Remembrance of Japanese Internment Camps

When 26 Apr 2017
6:00PM - 8:00PM
Where NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Room 674, 721 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
United States

Remembrance of Japanese Internment Camp Film Selection

Something Strong Within (1995)|Where I Live (2017)|History and Memory: For Akiko and Takashige (1991)


►Something Strong Within
Directed & Edited by Robert A. Nakamura
Music Written & Performed by Dan Kuramoto
Produced & Written by Karen L. Ishizuka
1995|40 minutes|Color.

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

►Where I Live
Directed & Edited by Conan Ito*
Produced & Co-edited by Luyao Ma*
2017|10 minutes|Color.

A documentary short about the present and past of three female Japanese Americans living in NYC. The film captures the women’s lives, exploring their reality through their daily routine and their families. It’s a story of who they are now, but also goes back, and recalls their lives while imprisoned during WWII. Given the present political climate, their stories provide a point of vital reflection on the lives of the “other” within U.S. history.

►History and Memory: For Akiko and Takashige
Film by Rea Taijiri
1991|32 minutes|Color/BW.

This experimental short “is a poetic composition of recorded history and non-recorded memory. Filmmaker Rea Tajiri’s family was among the 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans who were imprisoned in internment camps after the attack on Pearl Harbor. And like so many who were in the camps, Tajiri’s family wrapped their memories of that experience in a shroud of silence and forgetting. ” –Women Make Movies

*Director and producer will be joining the post-screening Q&A
(copy edit by Zach Wheeler)

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