Japanese American Exclusion 75th Anniversary: BIJAC films at BIMA
Join us for a screening of short films on the subject of the Japanese American Exclusion and its impact on our community and beyond. A brief Q&A with filmmakers and participants will follow each film.
4:00pm THE RED PINES
The Red Pines is the first-person story of the struggle of Japanese-American immigrants on Bainbridge Island, Washington, and the legacy of their culture in the present-day community. From the story of Zenhichi Harui, a Japanese immigrant who came to Bainbridge Island in 1908, to the present day nursery business run by his son, Junkoh, the film traces the obstacles overcome by the Japanese pioneers and their families. Bainbridge Island represented a unique opportunity for the Japanese immigrants, with a multicultural community that tolerated diversity. Even so, from the laws preventing Asians from purchasing land to the internment during World War II, the Japanese-Americans had to exert an extraordinary amount of spirit and hard work to prosper. Produced by Stourwater Pictures for IslandWood.
4:30pm WOMAN BEHIND THE SYMBOL
Exclusion Order No. 1, authorizing the first relocation, targeted the Japanese Americans living on Bainbridge Island, Washington. One of them was 31-year-old Fumiko Hayashida, a pregnant mother of two. As they waited to be taken off the Island by armed military escorts, Fumiko, holding her 13 month-old daughter Natalie Kayo, was photographed for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. This image has since become a lasting symbol of the internment experience, and the film reveals how the iconic photograph became the impetus for Fumiko to publicly lobby against the injustices of the past. Produced by Stourwater Pictures.
5:00pm AFTER SILENCE
This film focuses on the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans from Bainbridge Island, Washington, as recounted through the perspective of Dr. Frank Kitamoto, who was a child during World War II. The story is told through interaction between Kitamoto and a small group of high school students from Bainbridge High School as they develop archival photographs from the incarceration and discuss its relevance to post 9/11 America. The film ends with the 2002 dedication of a memorial and plaque marking the site of the Bainbridge Islanders' departure. AFTER SILENCE was produced by the Bainbridge Island Historical Society as part of an exhibition on the community's World War II experience, with funding from the Washington State Civil Liberties Public Education Program and the Charles W. Gaugl Foundation.
6:00pm VISIBLE TARGET
The story of the forced removal of Japanese Americans from Bainbridge Island, and the Woodwards' lonely fight against it. Cris Anderson and John de Graaf produced VISIBLE TARGET in 1985 for Seattle public television station KCTS, making it one of the earliest documentaries to tackle the exclusion and incarceration of Japanese Americans. The film also profiles Walt and Milly Woodward of the Bainbridge Review, among the only West Coast journalists who opposed the treatment of Japanese Americans and features interviews with them.
Auditorium at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (View)
550 Winslow Way East
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
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