Hidden Histories is a touring program of five short narrative films about Japanese American incarceration during WWII. Each film tells a personal story dramatizing a different period of this history, starting from Executive Order 9066 (which authorized the confinement sites) to the present-day legacy for younger generations. Hidden Histories commemorates an important chapter in our nation’s history, and pays tribute to the 120,000 Americans who suffered the indignity and untold losses of this unjustified incarceration. A post-screening discussion will follow.
The Orange Story
Koji Oshima is the proud owner of a small corner grocery store, but he must now abandon everything and report to an assembly center, en route to a more permanent confinement site. His belongings, his business – everything must be sold except for what he can carry in one large duffel bag.
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A Japanese American man struggles to balance family, love, and country in the midst of WWII incarceration. Facing a moral crisis brought on by the infamous “loyalty questionnaire,” he discusses key questions 27 and 28 with his Issei father and fiancee&elementary school teacher in the camp.
George, Akiko, Kaori, and Kazuo return to their former house following the end of World War II and the closure of the Japanese American confinement sites. Arriving home, they find the house ransacked by vandals and in a state of disrepair, but there is a glimmer of hope that the future holds better days.