Here, in America? (film)


Title Here, in America?: The Assembly on the Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians, April 8–9, 2005
Date 2006
Director Casey Peek
Studio National Japanese American Historical Society; ARIC Consortium
Runtime 14 minutes
IMDB Here, in America?: The Assembly on the Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians, April 8–9, 2005

Short documentary film that presents highlights from the Assembly on Wartime Relocation & Internment of Civilians, held in San Francisco in April 2005. The event included the public testimony of persons of Japanese, German, and Italian ancestry about the World War II era internment/incarceration and persons of Arab, Muslim or South Asian descent about post-9/11 detentions. In addition to excepts of the testimonies, the film includes historical background on the World War II detentions along with historical photographs and footage. Testimonies highlighted include Buddy Fujii (statement read by Bill Sato); Victor Kimura; Libia Yamamoto; Art Shibayama; Angelica Higashide (statement read by Naomi Quinones); Doris Berg Nye (statement read by Carole Eiserloh); Ted Eckardt (statement read by Bruce Donald); Constanza Ilacqua Foran; Al Bronzini; John Christgau; Lawrence DiStasi; Yaman Hamdan; and Xavier Becerra.

Funders for the film included the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program, California Council for the Humanities–California Stories Initiative, Marion and Lloyd Wake Human Rights Fund.

Authored by Brian Niiya, Densho