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One-Two-One-Seven (film)


Documentary film by Brett Kodama about the experiences of his grandmother, Sharon Shizuko Okazaki Kodama, at Manzanar . Just three years old when she and her family were forcibly removed from their Southern California home and sent to Manzanar, Okazaki Kodama's Issei father killed her Kibei mother in September 1942. She and her older sister spent the rest of the war at the Manzanar Children's Village , the camp orphanage. They were raised after the war by an aunt and uncle in Washington state. Okazaki Kodama recalls her memories of the camp and the orphanage, talks about her parents' deaths and reflects on the impact on the incarceration over visuals that include archival photographs and footage, photographs from her own family album, and images of the Manzanar National Historic Site today. The title refers to the Okazaki's family number at Manzanar.

A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York, filmmaker Kodama is a native of Burbank, California. The film premiered at the 2016 March on Washington Film Festival and has been screened at the 2017 Seattle Asian American Film Festival, the 2017 Films of Remembrance in San Francisco, and at various other events and festivals.

Authored by Brian Niiya , Densho

Might also like Manzanar: Never Again (2008); Children of the Camps (1999); Remembering Manzanar (2004)

Media Details
Release Date 2016
Runtime 13 minutes
Director Brett Kodama
Cinematography Brett Kodama
Editing Brett Kodama
IMDB Link http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6026186/
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For More Information

One-Two-One-Seven on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/162031923 .

Carpio, Anthony Clark. " Filmmaker Tells Personal Story of Manzanar. " Los Angeles Times , July 19, 2016.