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SEARCHLIGHT SERENADE: Big Band Music in the WWII Japanese American Incarceration Camps DVD
$20.00 + $5.00 S/H per item

58 minutes / in English / ©2012 KEET-TV

After Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, more than 120,000 Japanese Americans were removed from their homes and forced to live in incarceration camps during World War II.  As families and individuals endeavored to create a sense of normalcy during their incarceration, many detainees engaged in artistic and athletic activities and some nurtured their love of music, especially the popular music of the day – swing.  SEARCHLIGHT SERENADE offers the stories of 9 detainees – big band trumpet players, saxophonists, singers – who created a soulful escape for themselves and their fellow prisoners.  Their accounts are accompanied by an evocative animation created from woodcuts and drawing by Northern California artist, Amy Uyeki. 

Special DVD Feature:

  • SEARCHLIGHT SERENADE: An Animated Tale Told in Song


  • Produced by: Claire Reynolds
  • Associate Producer: Amy Uyeki
  • Edited by: Sam Greene & Claire Reynolds
  • Animation: Created by Amy Uyeki
  • Redwood Empire Public Television, Inc.

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