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My Friends Behind Barbed Wire (film)

Short film that tells the story of the Rev. Emery Andrews , pastor of the Japanese Baptist Church in Seattle, and his family and their support of Japanese Americans during their World War II ordeal. The story is largely told through an interview with Brooks Andrews, Emery's son, and through historical photographs, including images from the Andrews family. Brooks provides an overview of the forced removal and incarceration and his childhood recollections of his Nisei friends being taken away. He also recounts the Andrews' family's move to Twin Falls, Idaho, so as to continue to serve the congregation that had been incarcerated at the nearby Minidoka concentration camp and the discrimination they faced from the local community. He also cites parallels to the contemporary treatment of Muslim Americans.

Produced by the Washington Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction and funded in part by the Washington Civil Liberties Public Education Program, My Friends Behind Barbed Wire was produced and directed by Lucy Ostrander, one of several films that she and her production partner Don Sellers have made on aspects of the Japanese American incarceration story.

Authored by Brian Niiya , Densho

Might also like Act of Faith: The Rev. Emery Andrews Story (2015); Gila River and Mama: The Ruth Mix Story (2011); The Music Man of Manzanar (2005)

Media Details
Release Date 2008
Runtime 9 minutes
Director Lucy Ostrander
Producer Lucy Ostrander
Narrator Donna Harui
Starring Brooks Andrews (interviewee)
Cinematography Don Sellers
Editing Don Sellers
Studio Bainbridge Island Japanese-American Community in association with Stourwater Pictures
For More Information

For More Information

My Friends Behind Barbed Wire on the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community website.

My Friends Behind Barbed Wire on Stourwater Pictures website.

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