Japanese American Community Events
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Award-winning filmmaker and journalist Neil H. Simon, will hold the director’s cut screening of his new film “Prisoners and Patriots: The Untold Story of Japanese Internment in Santa Fe, New Mexico” Friday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. and again on Saturday, April 23 at 1:30 p.m. at the University of Oregon in Portland, Room. The film documents the Department of Justice wartime incarceration camp in Santa Fe as well as the incarceration experience in Lordsburg and Fort Stanton in the state’s south. From 1942 to 1946 (six months after the war’s end), the Santa Fe camp held more than 4,500 men —mostly community leaders, teachers, Buddhist ministers and others — people who the U.S government most feared would organize Japanese loyalty during World War II. A conversation with the filmmaker will follow the screening. The event is free and open to the public.