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After Silence: Civil Rights and the Japanese American Experience (film)


Documentary film that focuses on the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans from Bainbridge Island, Washington , as recounted through the perspective of Dr. Frank Kitamoto, who was a child during World War II. The story is told through interaction between Kitamoto and a small group of high school students from Bainbridge High School as they develop archival photographs from the incarceration and discuss its relevance to post 9/11 America. The film ends with the 2002 dedication of a memorial and plaque marking the site of the Bainbridge Islanders' departure. After Silence was produced by the Bainbridge Island Historical Society as part of an exhibition on the community's World War II experience, with funding from the Washington State Civil Liberties Public Education Program and the Charles W. Gaugl Foundation.

Authored by Brian Niiya , Densho

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Media Details
Release Date 2003
Runtime 30 minutes
Director Lois Shelton
Producer Foxgloves Films LLC
Starring Frank Kitamoto, Kathleen Berfield, Audrey Bennett, Calvin Chin, Mikal Hemingway, Rebecca Ivey, Miles Vancura, Natalie Williams
Music David Johanns
Cinematography Christopher Mosio
Editing Lois Shelton
Distributor Bullfrog Films
IMDB Link http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0361290/