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Dear Miss Breed (film)

A 2000 short documentary film by Veronica Ko about San Diego children's librarian Clara Breed , whose wartime correspondence with Japanese American youth she had befriended before the war became an unlikely source of hope and courage when the children were sent to American concentration camps. The film, which is hosted by actor Marcus Toji, includes excerpts from some of the 250 letters Miss Breed received from the Japanese American children. The film was created and produced in conjunction with an exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum of the same title. The film was recognized with numerous awards including the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film & Digital Media, Council on Foundations, 2002; the 34th Annual Worldfest Houston, Grand Prize nomination, Special Gold Jury Award, Historical, 2001; and the Columbus International Film & Video Festival, Honorable Mention, 2000.

Authored by Patricia Wakida

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Media Details
Release Date 2000
Runtime 13 minutes
Director Veronica Ko
Producer Jennifer Kim
Writer Karen L. Ishizuka
Starring Marcus Toji, Brycelyn Fukuji (reader), Karin Higa (reader), Darcie Iki (reader), Jillian Kwong (reader), Daric Loo (reader), Misako Mori (reader), Kyle Miyamoto (reader), Dana Nakasuji (reader), Rick Noguchi (reader), Allison Reston (reader), Jeffrey Takimoto (reader)
Music David Iwataki
Cinematography Dean Hayasaka
Editing Veronica Ko
Studio Japanese American National Museum
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Clara Breed Collection at the Japanese American National Museum.