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Crossroads: Boyle Heights (film)

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DVD cover. Courtesy of The Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum
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A documentary film compiled from life histories of past and present residents of Boyle Heights, a working-class neighborhood east of downtown Los Angeles. From the 1920s-1950s, Boyle Heights was a racially and ethnically diverse home to immigrants from Mexico, Japan, England, Germany, Russia and Armenia as well as people from the east, the south and the southwest portions of the United States who lived, worked and worshiped in the area. The film also explores how the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans and their postwar return affected businesses and friendships. While many Japanese Americans faced hostility in other parts of Los Angeles, residents of Boyle Heights share stories of a deeper empathy with the plight of those incarcerated. Crossroads: Boyle Heights was originally produced to accompany the exhibition Boyle Heights: The Power of Place (2002) at the Japanese American National Museum .

The Crossroads: Boyle Heights DVD includes three walking tours and a visual portrait of contemporary Boyle Heights street scenes.

Authored by Patricia Wakida

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Media Details
Release Date 2002
Runtime 28 minutes
Director Akira Boch
Producer John Esaki
Starring Albert W. Johnson II, Ruth Brandt, Pauline Furth, Atoy Wilson, Hershey H. Eisenberg, Leo Frumkin, Eddie Ramirez, Sandie Okada Saito, Mollie Murphy, Mary Nishii, Kenji Taniguchi, Cedrick Shimo, Luis Sanchez
Music David Iwataki
Cinematography Akira Boch
Editing Michael Cho
Studio The Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum
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For More Information

"Crossroads: Boyle Heights." Japanese American National Museum website. http://www.janm.org/mediaarts/productions/boyle-heights/ .