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Peterson (interviewee); Chris Grant (interviewee); Dennis D'Agostino (interviewee); Lindsey Yamasaki (interviewee); Eryn Kimura (interviewee);\nMusic:Scot Stafford;\nCinematography:Bruce Alan Johnson;\nEditing:Bruce Alan Johnson;\nStudio:ReImagined World Entertainment;\nDistributor:;\nRuntime:85 minutes;\nCountry:;\nLanguage:;\nBudget:;\nGross:;\nIMDBLink:\n  <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1326884/\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1326884/\n  </a>\n  ;\nTrailerLink:;\n </p>\n</div>\n<p>\n Feature length documentary film that traces the basketball exploits of Wat Misaka, a\n <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Nisei\" title=\"Nisei\">\n  Nisei\n </a>\n from Utah who starred on two college basketball national championship teams and played briefly for the New York Knicks in the 1940s.\n</p>\n<p>\n After briefly tracing Misaka's early years as a Nisei growing up in Utah and his father's premature death,\n <i>\n  Transcending\n </i>\n follows Misaka's basketball exploits first at Weber College, then at the University of Utah while World War II raged. (Because Misaka lived outside the West Coast restricted area, he and his family were not forcibly removed and incarcerated.) Though he often faced hostile crowds, he became a star player on the 1943–44 Utah Utes team that ended up winning the NCCA championship. Filmmakers Bruce Alan Johnson and Christine Toy Johnson use a second Nisei on the team, \"Tuts\" Tatsuno, as vehicle for incorporating the wartime incarceration story, since Tatsuno had come to the University of Utah out of\n <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Topaz\" title=\"Topaz\">\n  Topaz\n </a>\n . Though left off the traveling squad for the NCAA tournament—for reasons that might have be racially motivated—Tatsuno was presented with a championship watch and a blanket, which Misaka presents to him on a visit to Topaz. This segment is illustrated with color footage of the two men recorded by Tuts's brother,\n <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Dave_Tatsuno\" title=\"Dave Tatsuno\">\n  Dave Tatsuno\n </a>\n .\n</p>\n<p>\n The second half of the film looks at Misaka's military service in postwar Japan as part of the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey and his witnessing of the devastation of Hiroshima. Upon his return to Utah, he stars again on the 1946–47 Utes team that is invited to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) in New York City. He quickly becomes a favorite of the New York crowd and stars in the championship game, that saw Utah upset heavily favored Kentucky. Due in part to his popularity with New York fans, he is subsequently drafted by the New York Knicks, though he is cut after playing just a few games. The film ends with various experts weighing Misaka's historical legacy as the first person of color to play in the league that would become the National Basketball Association (NBA).\n</p>\n<p>\n The filmmakers tell the story largely through interviews with Misaka and his Utah teammates, along with various basketball experts and historians. Though some grainy footage of Misaka playing is included, much of the basketball sequences are illustrated with photographs and newspaper clippings with voiceover readings of clippings and recreations of radio accounts about Misaka.\n</p>\n<p>\n The film premiered in Salt Lake City on September 10, 2008, and has been screened numerous times at various film festivals,\n <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Days_of_Remembrance\" title=\"Days of Remembrance\">\n  Days of Remembrance\n </a>\n , and other events subsequently. A 2010 update includes a listing of the various honors Misaka received since that time—including recognition by President Barack Obama—over the closing credits.\n</p>\n<p>\n The film was largely funded by grants from the\n <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/California_Civil_Liberties_Public_Education_Program\" title=\"California Civil Liberties Public Education Program\">\n  California Civil Liberties Public Education Program\n </a>\n .\n</p>\n<div id=\"authorByline\">\n <b>\n  Authored by\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Brian_Niiya\" title=\"Brian Niiya\">\n   Brian Niiya\n  </a>\n  , Densho\n </b>\n</div>\n<div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">\n Niiya, Brian\n</div>\n<p>\n Might also like\n <i>\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Top_of_Their_Game_(film)\" title=\"Top of Their Game (film)\">\n   Top of Their Game\n  </a>\n </i>\n (2000);\n <i>\n  <a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Dave Tatsuno: Movies and Memories (film)\" title=\"Dave Tatsuno: Movies and Memories (film)\">\n   Dave Tatsuno: Movies and Memories\n  </a>\n </i>\n (2006);\n <i>\n  <a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Arnold Knows Me: The Tommy Kono Story (film)\" title=\"Arnold Knows Me: The Tommy Kono Story (film)\">\n   Arnold Knows Me: The Tommy Kono Story\n  </a>\n </i>\n (2016)\n</p>\n",
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