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An American Contradiction (film)

Filmmaker Vanessa Yuille goes to visit the Heart Mountain site, where her mother was born, to learn more about its history. Through interviews with former inmates—particularly Bacon Sakatani—and local residents and experts, she provides an overview of the mass removal and incarceration and of life at Heart Mountain. We also see LaDonna Zall, acting curator at the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center , lead tour of the site as it is today. The film concludes with Sakatani leading what looks like a local community meeting in a discussion about whether the camp should be called a "concentration camp."

An American Contradiction was shown at the 2012 Heart Mountain Pilgrimage and screened a the Cleveland International Film Festival, Milwaukee Film Festival, and Southern Utah International Documentary Film Festival.

Authored by Brian Niiya , Densho

Might also like All We Could Carry (2011); Moving Walls (2017); The Legacy of Heart Mountain (2014)

Media Details
Release Date 2012
Runtime 13 minutes
Director Vanessa Yuille
Producer Vanessa Yuille
Narrator Vanessa Yuille
Starring LaDonna Zall, Bacon Sakatani, Jeanette Misaka, Raymond Uno, Mike Hatchimonji, Grace Hatchimonji, Karen Roles, Kathy Yuille
Music Ben Kasman
Cinematography Dylan Glockler
Editing Vanessa Yuille
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