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DisOrient 2018 Japanese American Internment Series
UO Knight Library Browsing Room
Eugene, OR
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DisOrient 2018 Japanese American Internment Series
Yonsei (2017)   Short Narrative  23 min  English  USA
Directed by JH Cabral

Yonsei is a coming of age film, where a young Japanese American pre-teenager struggles with cultural identity and alienation. Newly relocated to his Grandmothers house after the passing of his Grandfather, Johnny attends a new school and quickly finds himself an outsider solely based on his appearance in juxtaposition of his fellow classmates. Fighting against discrimination and prejudice, Johnny must break free of his internal feelings of the perpetual foreigner, on a journey to discover his identity and peace of mind.


Moving Walls (2017)  Short Documentary  25 min   English  USA
Directed by Sharon Yamato

Moving Walls tells the story of what happened to the scores of barracks used to house 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII. At one camp built on government land in a remote area in Wyoming, they were sold for a dollar apiece to homesteaders. The story delves into the intersection of the mass detention and homesteading farmers and is told from the dual perspective of those taken from their homes and forced to live in these shoddily constructed buildings during wartime and those who voluntarily chose to start new lives in them after the war, i.e., the American nightmare that became the American dream. At a time when race and ethnicity continue to raise questions about issues surrounding immigration and civil rights, the film examines the mass detention through interviews with former incarcerees who returned to the West Coast as well as homesteaders who live in the buildings today in the heart of middle America.


An American Hero:  Frank Nishimura (2016) Feature Documentary with Animation - 23:15 min. - English  USA              
Director Shannon Gee, Graphic Novel Writer Lawrence Matsuda

This animated short film tells the story of World War II veteran Frank Nishimura and is based on the graphic novel "Fighting for America: Nisei Soldiers," written by Lawrence Matsuda and illustrated by Matt Sasaki. Frank grew up in Seattle where his family ran hotels, including the Puget Sound Hotel. With Executive Order 9066, which set in motion the expulsion of Japanese Americans from the West Coast, the Nishimuras moved to Eastern Washington avoiding imprisonment. Frank volunteered to join the U.S Army as part of the 442nd/100th Battalion, where he made new friends and strong connections. Frank saw heavy combat in France and Italy and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star among others. He was later awarded the French National Order of the Legion of Honor and the Congressional Gold Medal.


Post-Screening Q&A with Director JH Cabral, Producer Angel Villon, Director Sharon Yamato, Writer Lawrence Matsuda


UO Knight Library Browsing Room (View)
1501 Kincaid Street Eugene
Eugene, OR 97403
United States


Film > Festivals

Minimum Age: 8
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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