Twin Cities JACL Co-Sponsors ‘At the Movies: Hidden Histories’

September 8, 2017 • Community, News

Full Spectrum Features Producer Jason Matsumoto (fourth from left, front row) is pictured with Twin Cities JACL members (from left) Sally Sudo, Pam Ohno Dagoberg, Todd Tsuchiya, Connie Tsuchiya, Tim Dagoberg, Frank Tsuchiya, Cheral Tsuchiya, Clarice Chikazawa and Brian Tsuchiya.

The program is held in conjunction with Paul Kitagaki Jr.’s exhibition ‘Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit: Japanese American WWII Incarceration, Then & Now.’

The Twin Cities JACL, along with co-sponsor Historic Fort Snelling, hosted a family-friendly film festival titled “At the Movies: Hidden Histories” on July 15 at the Historic Fort Snelling Visitors Center in St. Paul, Minn.

The program was held in conjunction with Sacramento Bee photographer Paul Kitagaki Jr.’s exhibition “Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit: Japanese American WWII Incarceration, Then & Now.”

Jason Matsumoto, a producer at Full Spectrum Features, served as the program’s guest emcee. Matsumoto provided historical background about the Japanese American World War II incarceration as well as introduced the film lineup.

Full Spectrum Features, a Chicago-based film production company, produced “The Orange Story,” a transmedia education project that is centered around a short narrative film.

The company also curated a traveling series of short narrative films that includes “One of Many,” “A Song for Manzanar” and “Tadaima.”

Each of the films commemorates “Hidden Histories” of the Japanese American WWII incarceration and is intended to spark dialogue amongst a diverse range of communities across the country.

Two other short films, “Yamashita” (an animated senior thesis film project by Hayley Foster) and “Tule Lake” (written and directed by Michelle Ikemoto), also were screened during the festival.

“These films capture the emotional and psychological toll of what our families went through while dealing with discrimination and exclusion during World War II,” said Janet Carlson, co-chair of the Twin Cities JACL Education Committee. “Seventy-five years after Executive Order 9066, the story of the Japanese American incarceration has important lessons that still have significance today, and that is why we are working with Full Spectrum to make the films available to teachers through our Twin Cities JACL resources library.”

The Twin Cities Chapter is also set to present two upcoming free public programs: “Art, Identity & Community” on Sept. 23, which will run from 2-4 p.m., as well as a screening of a video from the Twin Cities JACL/Minnesota Historical Society’s 2017 “Day of Remembrance” program, which will be screened on Oct. 14 from 3-5 p.m.

Both programs will be held at the Historic Fort Snelling Visitors Center. “Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit: Japanese American WWII Incarceration, Then & Now” is free and open to the public through Oct. 28 at the Historic Fort Snelling Visitors Center.

For exhibit hours and more information, visit tcjacl.org or mnhs.org.

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