NVC Newsletter

Bridging Future and Past

March 2015, Volume 65, Issue 3

Junichi Suzuki’s Nisei Trilogy Screening

In collaboration with Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), Japanese American and Japanese community groups are presenting three documentary films on the history and experience of Japanese Americans during WWII.

Japanese filmmaker Junichi Suzuki released three films from 2008 to 2012. For the first time in Seattle, they will be shown in a movie theater. The director will be in attendance for the screening of the last two films in late June.  Each screening will be followed by a discussion and Q&A.

What happened 70 years ago is still relevant to the current situation in the US, especially after 9/11. The screenings provide a great opportunity for all of us to learn from the past to build a better future.

May 3rd:         Toyo’s Camera at SIFF Cinema Uptown, Queen Anne
June 27th:      442 ~ Live with Honor, Die with Dignity ~ at NVC Hall, International District
June 28th:      MIS ~ Human Secret Weapon ~ at SIFF Cinema Uptown, Queen Anne

Admission is Free for Veterans, former Japanese American incarcerees, and Youth (15 years old and younger). 
General Public: TBA
Start time: TBA

For more details, please visit http://jassw.org

Film Synopsis

Toyo’s Camera (2008)

First movie of the Japanese American history trilogy and the biggest hit at the Japanese American Theater in Los Angeles in its 20 year history, when more than 2500 audience members came to see this film in a single day. During the WW II incarceration, Toyo Miyatake smuggled in his own camera lens and built a camera to take photographs of life behind barbed wire. This movie portrays Japanese American life in the Manzanar concentration camp as preserved in his photographs taken during WW II.

442 ~ Live with Honor, Die with Dignity ~ (2010)

During WWII, soldiers of the 442nd Infantry Regiment, composed mainly of Japanese Americans, fought not only the enemy, but fought prejudice, facing severe racial discrimination in their homeland. The 442nd was in an ironic predicament, fighting for a country that had branded them as enemies. However, these young men volunteered to fight and prove their loyalty as patriotic Americans, which defined their identity as they risked their lives for the cause. This film won the Special Audience Award at the Maui Film Festival.

MIS ~ Human Secret Weapon ~ (2012)

The unknown story of these men went untold for several decades after they were ordered not to reveal their role in the war, even though their duties were critical to the US military's success in the Pacific. In 2012, the time was set to reveal their whole story. During World War II, six thousand Nisei (second-generation Japanese Americans) served in the Military Intelligence Service, performing secret intelligence work against the Japanese military. Their work dispelled any doubt that as Americans the Nisei were willing to fight an enemy with whom they shared a similar ancestral background. This film was awarded the “Yamaji Fukiko Award” and the “Japanese Movie Critical Award in Feature Documentary Films”.

Corporate Sponsors: Delta Air Lines, Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas), Gobo  Enterprises, Union Bank

Community Sponsors: Densho, Ecore Global, Bellevue Children's Academy, Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington, Japan America Society of the State of Washington, Nisei Veterans Committee and NVC Foundation, Seattle Chapter Japanese American Citizens League, Nikkei Concerns, Seattle International Film Festival