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How has this been overlooked after all these years?
zoso8_thegreat from Canada
6 March 2010
Just by chance did I get a hold of this documentary from my video
store, and I was quick to pick it up once I noticed the subject matter.
It follows the telling of the Japanese-American internment camps during
WWII, and the rise to action, by the 'sansei' (3rd generation
Japanese-Americans) 40 years later, to bring legal restitution for the
Namely, there were 3 pivotal figures that represented the totality of
victims, headed by Fred Korematsu. Himself, along with others, acted in
defiance to the imposed curfews and detainments, and eventually was
arrested and sentenced without question.
40 years later, with ample video, photo and written documentation, a
legal team of 3rd generation Japanese-Americans lead a new tribunal
hearing to correct these historical wrongs.
Notwithstanding the fact that the film is dry and mild as it moves
along, it is undeniably stunning in its revelations and profoundness.
To not only pose culpability on part of the American government,
similar occurrences took place in Canada as well. Being a Canadian
citizen myself, I cannot stress enough the importance of such
historical injustices, and am equally as frustrated with the lack of
awareness to them.
This film should be a North American curricular standard in high school
classes, and should not be neglected. Considering this was nominated
for an Academy Award, one would think it would sustain such attention
over the years. I hope it does.
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