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Fumiko Hayashida: The Woman Behind the Symbol (film)


A 2009 short documentary film about Fumiko Hayashida, a pregnant mother of two who was one of 227 members of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American community who were forced from their homes in March 1942. Hayashida—or at least her image—became immortalized in a photograph taken of her holding her young daughter. First appearing the Seattle Post-Intelligencer , the photograph became one of the iconic images of the roundup. Providing both a biographical portrait of Hayashida and telling the larger story of Bainbridge Island, the film also shows the then 97-year-old Hayashida revisiting the site of the former Minidoka concentration camp in Idaho.

Authored by Patricia Wakida

Might also like Out of Infamy: Michi Nishiura Weglyn (2010); Days of Waiting: The Life and Art of Estelle Ishigo (1990); Mitsuye and Nellie: Asian American Poets (1981)

This page is complete and will be published to the production Encyclopedia.


Media Details
Release Date 2009
Runtime 15 minutes
Director Lucy Ostrander
Producer Stourwater Pictures
Writer Lucy Ostrander
Cinematography Don Sellers
Editing Don Sellers
IMDB Link http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2042532/
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Fumiko Hayashida: The Woman Behind the Symbol official website http://www.stourwater.com/fumi.html

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