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Day of Remembrance (film)


Documentary film by Cynthia Gates Fujikawa consisting of highlights from 2003 Day of Remembrance (DoR) commemorations in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Honolulu, all of which highlight the parallels between what happened to Japanese Americans in 1942 and what was then happening to Arab and Muslim Americans in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. The film also includes brief interviews with some of the event organizers and excerpts from press conferences organized in reaction to remarks defending the roundup and imprisonment of Japanese Americans by North Carolina Congressman Howard Coble two weeks prior to the DoRs. Highlighted speakers include Hakim Oaunsafi, Muslim Association of Hawai'i; Nadine Hamoui, whose family in the Seattle area were imprisoned by the INS in 2002; Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council; legal scholar Chris Iijima; Congressman Mike Honda ; and civil rights attorney Dale Minami . Day of Remembrance is available on DVD in combination with Fujikawa's earlier Old Man River (1998).

Authored by Brian Niiya , Densho

Might also like Caught in Between: What to Call Home in Times of War (2004); A Song for Ourselves (2009); And Then They Came for Us (2017)

Media Details
Release Date 2003
Runtime 13 minutes
Director Cynthia Gates Fujikawa
Producer Cynthia Gates Fujikawa
Starring Stan Honda (interviewee), Hakim Ouansafi (speaker), Nadin Hamoui (speaker), Salam Al-Marayati (speaker), Chris Iijima (speaker), Dan Ichinose (speaker), Mike Honda (speaker), Guy Aoki (speaker), Dorothy Ehrlich (speaker), Dale Minami (speaker), Henry Moritsugu (interviewee), Tsuya Yee (interviewee), Rev. Gary Barbaree (speaker), Wayne Maeda (speaker), Ken Inouye (speaker)
Cinematography Greg Andermann
Editing Xina Graff
Studio Jerry Fujikawa Productions