Democracy Under Pressure: Japanese Americans and World War II (film)
Documentary film on the wartime experience of Japanese Americans from the San Diego area, including their exclusion and subsequent incarceration at Santa Anita Assembly Center and Poston , as well as their return home. The story is told through the eyes of former inmates Ruth Takahashi Voorhies (born 1923) and Ben Segawa (born 1930), along with historian Don Estes.
The video was produced and distributed by the Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego and funded by grants from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program and the National Japanese American Citizens League Legacy Fund Grants Program. Developed specifically for classroom use, the film comes with a teachers' guide. Produced in 2000, the 27-minute film was directed by Jeffrey S. Betts.
Might also like Chrysanthemums and Salt (1994); Passing Poston: An American Story (2008); The Merced Assembly Center: Injustice Immortalized (2012);
|Director||Jeffrey S. Betts|
|Starring||Don Estes (interviewee), Ruth Takahashi Voorhies (interviewee), Ben Segawa (interviewee)|
|Editing||Jeffrey S. Betts|
|Studio||Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego|