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    "body": "<html><body><br/>\n<div id=\"databox-FilmsDisplay\">\n<table class=\"infobox\" width=\"200px;\">\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Title</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Emi</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Date</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">1979</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Director</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Frank Nesbitt; Michael Toshiyuki Ono</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Producer</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Michael Toshiyuki Ono</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Writer</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Michael Toshiyuki Ono</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Music</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Dan Kuramoto</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Cinematography</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Frank Nesbitt</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Editing</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Frank Nesbitt</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Studio</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Educational Film Center</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Runtime</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">29 minutes</td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-Films\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>Title:Emi;\nDate:1979; \nGenre:;\nReleased:;\nDirector:Frank Nesbitt; Michael Toshiyuki Ono;\nProducer:Michael Toshiyuki Ono;\nWriter:Michael Toshiyuki Ono;\nScreenplay:;\nStory:;\nBasedOn:;\nNarrator:;\nStarring:;\nMusic:Dan Kuramoto;\nCinematography:Frank Nesbitt;\nEditing:Frank Nesbitt;\nStudio:Educational Film Center;\nDistributor:;\nRuntime:29 minutes;\nCountry:;\nLanguage:;\nBudget:;\nGross:;\nIMDBLink:;\nTrailerLink:;\n</p>\n</div>\n<div class=\"rgonly\">\n<!--\"rgdatabox-CoreDisplay\" removed-->\n<div id=\"rgdatabox-Core\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>RGMediaType:films;\nTitle:Emi;\nCreators:;\nInterestLevel:Grades 6-8; Grades 9-12; Adult;\nReadingLevel:;\nGuidedReadingLevel:;\nLexile:;\nTheme:Power of the past; Injustice; Importance of community;\nGenre:Documentary;\nPoV:Japanese American woman; Former incarceree;\nRelatedEvents:;\nAvailability:Limited availability;\nFreeWebVersion:No;\nPrimarySecondary:;\nHasTeachingAids:No;\nWarnings:NR (Not Rated);\nDenshoTopic:;\nGeography:Bainbridge Island, Washington; Southern California;\nChronology:1930s-1940s; 1978;\nFacility:Manzanar [7];\n</p>\n</div>\n</div>\n<p>Documentary film about a <a href=\"/wiki/Nisei\" title=\"Nisei\">Nisei</a> woman returning to <a href=\"/wiki/Manzanar\" title=\"Manzanar\">Manzanar</a> and to her prewar community on <a href=\"/wiki/Bainbridge_Island,_Washington\" title=\"Bainbridge Island, Washington\">Bainbridge Island</a>, Washington, for the first time some thirty-five years after being forcibly removed. \n</p><p>The film begins in Philadelphia in August 1978 where we meet Emi Tonooka as she plans a trip to relive her past for the first time. Through her first person narration and recreated scenes, we learn of her childhood on Bainbridge as the daughter of poor but hardworking strawberry farmers and of family and community life there. She then recounts the shock of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the subsequent forced removal, telling us that \"being taken away did things to me that I'm just beginning to get in touch with.\" We then shift to the present, as Emi, with her daughter Carla, first visit Manzanar. As they walk the site, Emi talks about her feelings at the time and recalls becoming \"physically and mentally ill.\" Initially disoriented, she eventually finds her bearings and locates what she thinks is the block she had lived in. After a stop in Los Angeles to catch part of the Nisei Week festival, they head up the Pacific Northwest. On Bainbridge, she finds the house she grew up in still standing, then has a tearful reunion with the Nishimori family, her family's close friends from the before the war.\n</p><p><i>Emi</i> was one of the first films to focus on the wartime incarceration story told from a Japanese American perspective. Anthropologist Lane Hirabayashi calls the film \"very moving\" and cites it as \"virtually the only example\" from its time to show \"clear expressions of loss of communality expressed at an individual level.\"<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\"><a href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">[1]</a></sup> It was made for public television as part of a film series titled <i>Pearls</i>, which was one of the first to focus on Asian Americans. <i>Emi</i> was directed by Frank Nesbitt and Michael Toshiyuki Ono and produced by Educational Film Center under a contract from Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Additional funding was provided by the Hōsō-Bunka Foundation, Tokyo, Japan. \n</p>\n<div id=\"authorByline\"><b>Authored by <a href=\"/wiki/Brian_Niiya\" title=\"Brian Niiya\">Brian Niiya</a>, Densho</b></div>\n<div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">Niiya, Brian</div>\n<div id=\"RelatedArticlesDisplay\">\n<h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Related_Articles\">Related Articles</span></h2>\n<p>\n</p>\n<div id=\"RelatedArticlesSectionDisplay\">\n<h3><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"\"></span></h3>\n<p>\n</p>\n<ul><li> <a href=\"/wiki/Dramatic_films/videos_on_incarceration\" title=\"Dramatic films/videos on incarceration\">Dramatic films/videos on incarceration</a></li></ul>\n</div>\n</div>\n<br/>\n<h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"For_More_Information\">For More Information</span></h2>\n<p>Hirabayashi, Lane Ryo. \"Community Destroyed? Assessing the Impact of the Loss of Community on Japanese Americans during World War II.\" In Re/Collecting Early Asian America: Essays in Cultural History. Edited by Josephine Lee, Imogen L. Lim, and Yuko Matsukawa. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2002. 94–107.\n</p>\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Footnotes\">Footnotes</span></h2>\n<div class=\"reflist\" style=\"list-style-type: decimal;\">\n<ol class=\"references\">\n<li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, \"Community Destroyed? Assessing the Impact of the Loss of Community on Japanese Americans during World War II.\" In <i>Re/Collecting Early Asian America: Essays in Cultural History</i> (edited by Josephine Lee, Imogen L. Lim, and Yuko Matsukawa; Philadelpha: Temple University Press, 2002), 100.</span>\n</li>\n</ol></div>\n<!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCPU time usage: 0.116 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.119 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 448/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 3049/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 8327/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 1299/2097152 bytes\nHighest expansion depth: 4/40\nExpensive parser function count: 0/100\nExtLoops count: 0/100\n-->\n<!-- Saved in parser cache with key mediawiki:pcache:idhash:2637-0!*!0!!*!*!* and timestamp 20170713021146 and revision id 25707\n -->\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div></body></html>",
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