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Take Me Home: A Child's Experience of Internment (film)

Short educational film that explores the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans from a child's perspective.

Take Me Home combines narration by Patty Duke, an interview with former child inmate Karl Ota, and dramatizations from the standpoint of a young boy to provide a brief overview of the incarceration experience. The filmmakers also use scenes from War Relocation Authority (WRA) propaganda films . The dramatized scenes depict a family of four in which the father/husband is arrested shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor , while the wife/mother and two children are removed to an unspecified " assembly center " and WRA concentration camp. The voiceover in the dramatized scenes is provided by Vaughn Peck.

Produced by North by Northwest Entertainment for Whitworth College, Take Me Home was funded by the Washington Civil Liberties Public Education Program and designed for use in middle schools in the state of Washington. It was made available free of charge to Washington public schools. The Whitworth College School of Education also produced curricular resource materials designed for use with 6th to 8th grade classrooms designed by Brad Beal, Peggy Johnsen and Debbie Tully.

Authored by Brian Niiya

Might also like After Silence: Civil Rights and the Japanese American Experience (2003); A Flicker in Eternity (2012); The Manzanar Fishing Club (2012)

Media Details
Release Date 2005
Runtime 16 minutes
Director David Tanner
Producer David Tanner
Writer Andrea Palpant
Narrator Patty Duke
Starring Karl Ota (interviewee), Kenny Sato (actor, re-enactment), Hannah Smith (actor, re-enactment), Vaughn Peck (voice, re-enactment)
Cinematography Dan Heigh
Editing David Tanner
Studio North by Northwest Entertainment
Distributor Center for Asian American Media
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Take Me Home Curricular Resource Materials.