Justice Now! Reparations Now! (film)

Title Justice Now! Reparations Now!
Date 1988/2002
Director Alan Kondo
Producer Alan Kondo
Writer Bruce Iwasaki; Miya Iwataki; Alan Kondo; Bert Nakano; Alan Nishio; John Ota
Narrator Miya Iwataki
Starring Alan Nishio (speaker); Alan Cranston (interviewee); Frank Emi (interviewee); Dorothy Ito Shundo (interviewee); Robert Matsui (speaker); Norman Mineta (speaker); Tsuyako Kitashima (interviewee); Carole Hayashino (interviewee); Aiko Yoshinaga-Herzig (interviewee); Bert Nakano (interviewee)
Studio National Coalition for Redress/Reparations
Runtime 30 minutes

Documentary film on the Redress Movement focusing on the contributions of the National Coalition for Redress/Reparations (NCRR), which produced it. The film provides a brief overview of the wartime incarceration, with a focus on resistance by Japanese Americans in and out of confinement. It then traces the roots of NCRR to 1960s social movements and the rise of redress as an issue in Japanese American communities in the 1970s, outlining NCRR's "grass roots" orientation. Footage from the Los Angeles hearings of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians—which NCRR helped to organize—and well as excerpts of speeches by Norman Mineta and Robert Matsui in support of redress legislation are also included. The film culminates with footage of NCRR's July 1987 trip to Washington, DC, to lobby for redress legislation and with the passage and signing what would become the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. Alan Kondo produced and directed the thirty minute film for NCRR, which premiered at an August 27, 1988 redress celebration in Los Angeles.

Authored by Brian Niiya