BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART:20230415T000000Z DTEND:20230415T000000Z DESCRIPTION:<strong><span style="color: #c21313\;">Tickets to this program include admission to JANM for Saturday\, April 15\, 2023. Pricing reflects general museum admission pricing. Learn more about visiting JANM at <a h ref=""></a>.</strong>\n<strong></s trong>\n<strong><span style="color: #c21313\;"><a href="\;txobjid=2d8ee45d-1b92-47fd-b0e7-2 ccc7f3cc0c4">RSVP NOW</a></strong>\n\nJoin for a screening of the new film \,<em> Before They Take Us Away\,</em> which captures the lesser known s tories of Japanese Americans who self-evacuated from the West Coast in the wake of Executive Order 9066 during World War II. The screening will incl ude a post-film discussion with writer and director <strong>Antonia Grace Glenn</strong>\, producer and historian <strong>Professor Evelyn Nakano Glenn</strong>\, and WWII self-evacuee <strong>Tak Yamashita</strong>.\n\ n<em>ABOUT THE FILM:</em>\n<em></em>\n<em>Before They Take Us Away</em> i s an award-winning feature documentary that captures the previously untold stories of Japanese Americans whose families self-evacuated from Californ ia upon the issuance of Executive Order 9066 during World War II. The opti on of “voluntary” relocation was available for only a very brief perio d from early February to late March\, 1942. In early February\, the US Wes tern Defense Command (WDC) indicated that it intended to remove all men\, women and children of Japanese descent from a restricted zone consisting o f all of California\, Western Oregon\, Western Washington and Southern Ari zona. In March\, the newly established War Relocation Authority (WRA) urge d those affected to move voluntarily rather than being subject to forced r emoval and incarceration in concentration camps. However\, the overwhelmin g majority of Japanese Americans lacked the resources or connections neces sary to move anywhere outside the restricted zone. Compounding the situati on\, officials in many states outside the restricted zone quickly declared that Japanese Americans were not welcome.\n\nDespite the daunting circums tances and the short window of time available\, approximately 5\,000 Japan ese American men\, women and children managed to leave the restricted zone on their own before voluntary relocation was halted by the WDC in late Ma rch 1942. As this film shows\, the experiences of self-evacuees varied gre atly. Some fared well\, while others encountered serious hardships includi ng hunger\, hostility\, violence and forced religious conversion. All endu red a hurried and difficult uprooting from their homes and communities\, a nd were forced to fend for themselves without even the most rudimentary su pport from the US government. The self-evacuees experienced a unique kind of double-displacement\, both from their homes and from the shared experie nce of the larger Japanese American community. Woven together\, these pers onal stories powerfully capture a community in the midst of a forced migra tion\, and the courage and tremendous hard labor it took to regain their f ooting.\n\n<em>Before They Take Us Away</em> was conceptualized by renown ed sociologist Evelyn Nakano Glenn\, the Founding Director of the Center f or Race and Gender at the University of California\, Berkeley. Professor G lenn conducted video interviews with more than 30 surviving members of the self-evacuee community. The film is presented by Evelyn Nakano Glenn\; pr oduced by Evelyn Nakano Glenn\, Patrick Glenn\, Antonia Grace Glenn\, and Tim Becherer\; written and directed by Antonia Grace Glenn\; edited by Tim Becherer\; and features original music by Dave Iwataki\, motion design by Leah Nichols and commentary by Pam Matsuoka\, Michael Omi\, and Ryan Take miya.\n\nThe film features interviews with Ernie Ando\, Carol Estes\, Mitz i Funakoshi\, Arthur Imagire\, Toru Iura\, Edward Iwamoto\, Glenn Kameda\, Don Kaneshige\, Fred Kaneshige\, Chiyo Kobayashi\, Hideyo Minagi\, Ben Mi namide\, Alyce Morita\, Reiko Murayama\, Gloria Nomura\, Joan Nomura\, Hel en Okazaki\, James Sataki\, Grace Segawa\, Masako Wada\, Howard Yamamoto\, Kimika Yamasaki\, Tak Yamashita\, Alice Yano\, and Sally Yoshikawa. Also interviewed for the project were Mary Aochi\, Momoyo Fujiu\, Kimi Jinkawa\ , Ruby Kuritsubu\, Paul Oyama\, Miyo Shigemoto\, and Hanna Yoshitomi. \n\ n<em>Funding for this film was provided by a grant from the California Sta te Library through the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program .</em>\n<em>Image: Keetley Colony children.  Photo courtesy of Howard Ya mamoto.</em> DTSTAMP:20240712T111918Z SUMMARY:Film Screening: Before They Take Us Away URL:/en/events/2023/04/15/film-screening-before-they-take-us-away/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR