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Moving Day (film)


UCLA student film that dramatizes the wartime eviction of a Japanese American farming family. Silent scenes of a family of five (presumably two Issei parents and their three Nisei children) eating, packing their possessions, making musubi for the voyage, and other preparations for removal are accompanied by first-person narration by a female voice, presumably the daughter of the family. The film begins with the words of John DeWitt read in his voice justifying the need for the forced removal of Japanese Americans. The film ends with a coda about the passage of time and how many have forgotten—or have never known about—the events depicted. Moving Day is one of the first—if not the first—film by a Japanese American that depicts the travails of World War II.

Authored by Brian Niiya , Densho

Might also like Eagle Against the Sun (1993); The Nisei Farmer (2003); Stand Up For Justice: The Ralph Lazo Story (2004)

Media Details
Release Date 1965
Runtime 7 minutes
Director Phyllis Tanaka
Starring Mas Ishibashi, May Ishibashi, Satoshi Ishibashi, Takako Hachiya, Dwight Hatano, James Blue (voice), Raymond Fielding (voice), Miyo Kaneta (voice)