2018 Films of Remembrance

The Nichi Bei Foundation Presents the seventh annual …







A one-day film event commemorating the signing of Executive Order 9066, which set the wheels in motion to forcibly relocate some 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry into American concentration camps during World War II.

Screenings • Discussion with Filmmakers • DVD Sales

Official Trailer:



DATE:      Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018

TIME:        10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Filmmakers Reception 8-10 p.m.

WHERE:    New People Cinema

                  1746 Post St., San Francisco’s Japantown

TICKETS:  Order Early! Seating is Limited!

                   • $12 each for first four screenings

                   • $25 for Showcase Films 

                   • $25 Filmmakers Reception

                   (Nichi Bei Members: $10 / $20 / $20)



CLICK HERE for Filmmaker Biographies

Special limited Group Rates at the Hotel Buchanan in San Francisco’s Japantown. Films Of Remembrance Group Block





10 a.m.:

Taking a Stand: “And Then They Came For Us”

And Then They Came For Us (Trailer) from FILMS FOR JUSTICE on Vimeo.

“And Then They Came For Us” (2017, 47 min.) by Abby Ginzberg & Ken Schneider. Brings history into the present, retelling this difficult story and following Japanese American activists as they speak out against the Muslim registry and travel ban. Seventy-five years ago, Executive Order 9066 paved the way to the profound violation of constitutional rights that resulted in the forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans. Featuring George Takei and many others who were incarcerated, as well as newly rediscovered photographs of Dorothea Lange. Knowing our history is the first step to ensuring we do not repeat it. “And Then They Came for Us” is a cautionary and inspiring tale for these dark times.

— Discussion with Abby Ginzberg | Co-Producer, Co-Director and Council on American-Islamic Relations Bay Area Executive Director Zahra Billoo


“Florin JACL / CAIR Manzanar Pilgrimage” (2017, 10 min.) by Brandon Miyasaki. For the past decade, Japanese Americans and Muslims from the Sacramento area have embarked on a meaningful journey. On April 28, 2017, 54 diverse travelers set off on a three-day pilgrimage sponsored by the Florin JACL-SV and CAIR-SV to Manzanar, one of ten American concentration camps during WWII that incarcerated more than 120,000 Japanese Americans. Join our travelers as they speak with incarcerees and experience first hand the types of conditions the Japanese Americans faced in the camps. Hear the stories shared by Muslims, Japanese Americans and other groups as they draw parallels between the persecution of minorities.

— Discussion with Brandon Miyasaki | Co-Producer, Co-Director and Florin JACL Past President Marielle Tsukamoto

Co-Presented by Twila Tomita and Andy Noguchi, Florin JACL – Sacramento Valley

Moderated by filmmaker Satsuki Ina (“Children of the Camps” and “From a Silk Cocoon”)



12 p.m.:

History Rediscovered: “Moving Walls” and “The Colorado Experience: Freedom & Poverty” (Northern California Premiere):

Moving Walls Promo 2 from waltlouie on Vimeo.

“Moving Walls” (2017, 25 min.) by Sharon Yamato. “Moving Walls” tells the story of what happened to the barracks used to house 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII. Focusing on the Heart Mountain concentration camp, the film tells the story of how they were sold for a dollar apiece to homesteaders in Wyoming. It delves into the intersection of the mass detention and the local population in the remote areas surrounding these former concentration camps. At a time when race and ethnicity continue to raise questions about issues surrounding immigration and civil rights, the story is told from the dual perspective of those forced to live in these shoddily constructed buildings and those who chose to start new lives in them after the war. Out of an American nightmare, the barracks became part of the American dream.

— Discussion with Sharon Yamato | Writer, Producer and Director

The Colorado Experience: Freedom & Poverty – Trailer from Bryan Yokomi on Vimeo.

“The Colorado Experience: Freedom & Poverty” (2009, 32 min.) by Bryan Yokomi. The human story of three Japanese American women who fled the concentration camps during WWII. This gripping documentary chronicles their personal struggles to make a life for themselves and their families, far from the barbed wire fences of the camps. The film culminates with the ultimate question: “If you had to choose again, would you do the same thing? Would you go to Colorado again or would you go to the camps?” 

— Discussion with Bryan Yokomi | Director and Editor



1:45 to 2:15 p.m.: Intermission


2:15 p.m.:

Hidden Stories of Hawai‘i: “Proof of Loyalty: Kazuo Yamane and the Nisei Soldiers of Hawaii” and “Voices Behind Barbed Wire: Stories of Hawai‘i Island” (Northern California Premiere):

Proof of Loyalty Trailer from Stourwater Pictures on Vimeo.

“Proof of Loyalty: Kazuo Yamane and the Nisei Soldiers of Hawaii” (2017, 54 min.) by Lucy Ostrander and Don Sellers. Kazuo Yamane, first educated in the discriminatory Hawaiian school system, and eventually graduating from Waseda University, the Harvard of Japan, was drafted into the U.S. Army just before the attack on Pearl Harbor. Plucked from the infantry ranks for his exceptional knowledge of Japanese, he would serve at the Pentagon, then a secret facility in northern Maryland, and finally under Eisenhower in Europe. Most importantly, he would identify a secret document that would significantly help America’s war in the Pacific.

— Discussion with filmmakers Lucy Ostrander and Don Sellers

VOICES BEHIND BARBED WIRE – Stories of Hawaiʻi Island Trailer from 50Y on Vimeo.

“Voices Behind Barbed Wire: Stories of Hawai‘i Island” (2018, 25 min.) by Ryan Kawamoto / Produced by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. While the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII has been well documented on the U.S. Mainland, new information about the sites and untold stories continue to emerge from Japanese Americans in Hawai‘i who endured this dark chapter of history. “Voices Behind Barbed Wire” explores the personal stories of the Hawai‘i Island Japanese Americans from their initial imprisonment at Kilauea Military Camp, transfer and interrogation at Sand Island, and their incarceration in far away places like New Mexico, Arkansas and Arizona. The film also focuses on the modern day relevance of civil liberties and takes an archeological journey through the former WW II prison sites on Hawai‘i Island.

— Discussion with Ryan Kawamoto | Writer and Director

— Co-Presented by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i



4:15 p.m.:

Kodomo no Tame Ni:  “For the Sake of the Children” and “Yamashita”

For the Sake of the Children Trailer from Fly On The Wall Productions on Vimeo.

“For the Sake of the Children” (2017, 65 min.) by Marlene Shigekawa & Joe Fox. The next generation, whose grandmothers or great grandmothers were incarcerated, explains their attempts to uncover, comprehend and integrate their ancestor’s experiences into their lives. “For the Sake of the Children” captures the diverse voices of mothers who surmounted confinement, racial prejudice and dealt with displacement and resettlement. Daughters and sons of this generation speak of their struggle to assimilate in a postwar society while unknowingly dealing with both parental shame triggered by the imprisonment and silent suffering. Each of these individuals tells of how they have searched for an outlet to express and validate their Japanese American identity.

— Discussion with Marlene Shigekawa | Executive Director, Producer and Writer, and interviewee Patty Tsubokawa Reeves

Yamashita Trailer from Hayley Foster on Vimeo.

“Yamashita” (2013, 11 min.) by Hayley Foster. In this animated short, a young Japanese American girl struggles with discovering her identity, heritage, and the loss of her connection to her past in the context of the Japanese American incarceration of World War II.

— Discussion with Hayley Foster | Director



6 p.m.:

Showcase Films — Fighting For Justice: “Speak Out For Justice” and “Never Give Up!: Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice” (Northern California Premiere):   

• “Speak Out For Justice” (2018, 14 min.) by Steve Nagano. The landmark Los Angeles Commission on the Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians hearings, where Japanese Americans testified about their wartime incarceration for the first time, which led to Japanese American Redress.

— Discussion with Steve Nagano | Director and Editor

— Moderated by filmmaker Frank Abe (“Conscience and the Constitution”)

Never Give Up! – Trailer from Minoru Yasui Film on Vimeo.

“Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice” (2017, 55 min.) by Holly Yasui & Will Doolittle. Yasui was the first Japanese American attorney in Oregon and during WWII, he initiated a legal test case by deliberately violating military orders that lead to the incarceration of over 110,000 persons of Japanese ancestry in U.S. concentration camps. “Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice” (Part One) relates the life of Minoru (Min) Yasui, who was born in Hood River, Oregon in 1916. He was imprisoned in the Portland Livestock Exposition Center (Assembly Center) and the Minidoka concentration camp before returning to Portland for his trial in November of 1942. Found guilty by the District Court, he spent nine months in solitary confinement awaiting his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court … Part One contains a preview/summary of the second part of the film, which covers his postwar life as a social justice activist in Denver, Colorado, including his leadership in the redress movement and reopening of his wartime legal case.

— Discussion with Holly Yasui | Producer, Writer and Co-Director, and Min Yasui coram nobis case attorney Peggy Nagae

— Moderated by filmmaker Dianne Fukami (“Stories From Tohoku,” “An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy”)



8 p.m.:

Filmmakers Reception

Featuring Q&A with filmmakers, food, drinks and entertainment



Presenting Sponsors (partial list):





Platinum Sponsors:

Dr. Himeo Tsumori

Richard E. & Yuko Benedetti Charitable Gift Fund







Gold Sponsors:

Kay and Go Sasaki

Alice and Mark Taguma

Silver Sponsors:

































Art and Debbie Hansen

Gerry and Gail Nanbu

Geri and John Handa

Rina Hirai

Lewis Kawahara and Akiko Takeshita

Satsuki Ina

Keith and Priscilla Kojimot0

Kenneth and Yoshiko Ho

Mary Ishisaki

Co-Presenteer of “Taking a Stand”

Twila Tomita and Andy Noguchi, Florin JACL – Sacramento Valley


Co-Presenter of “Voices Behind Barbed Wire: Stories of Hawai‘i Island”

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i

Bronze Sponsors:

Patti Hirahara

Hiroshi Kashiwagi

Kyle Tatsumoto and Carole Hayashino

Andrew Abo

Kokoro Assisted Living

Japantown Task Force, Inc.

Edith Horner

Jimi Yamaichi

Jane Muramoto Yung

Komo Gauvreau

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