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History and Memory: For Akiko and Takashige (1991)

Groundbreaking and haunting, this film is a poetic composition of recorded history and non-recorded memory. Filmmaker Rea Tajiri's family was among the 120,000 Japanese and Japanese ... See full summary »

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Groundbreaking and haunting, this film is a poetic composition of recorded history and non-recorded memory. Filmmaker Rea Tajiri's family was among the 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans who were imprisoned in internment camps after the attack on Pearl Harbor. And like so many who were in the camps, Tajiri's family wrapped their memories of that experience in a shroud of silence and forgetting. Ruminating on the difficult nature of representing the past - especially a past that exists outside traditional historic accounts - Tajiri blends interviews, memorabilia, a pilgrimage to the camp where her mother was interned, and the story of her father, who had been drafted pre-Pearl Harbor and returned to find his family's house removed from its site. Throughout, she surveys the impact of images (real images, desired images made real, and unrealized dream images). The film draws from a variety of sources: Hollywood spectacle, government propaganda, newsreels, memories of the living, and... Written by Women Make Movies

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A daughter explores Japanese internment through historical and personal accounts.
18 November 2002 | by scrybogSee all my reviews

An experimental mixture of historical footage and recent video shots

supplement an examination of Japanese internment during WWII that is

essentially made in voice over narration. The creator talks about her struggle to understand the internment through the memories of her mother and other family members. She explores their words as spoken or written by them. She adds

her own comments and uses the historical footage (mostly from military sources) for comparison. While informative and intriguing, the film is rather amateurish and could have been better edited for clarity -- the experimental nature of the filmmaking

precludes the message of understanding at times.


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10 April 1991 (USA) See more »

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