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HAAPIFest2017: RELOCATION, ARKANSAS - AFTERMATH OF INCARCERATION Film Scree...

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Tx America Cinemas

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RELOCATION, ARKANSAS: AFTERMATH OF INCARCERATION | 2016 | Texas Premiere

By Vivienne Schiffer
78 min
Trailer: Coming Soon

Synopsis: In 1942, 120,000 Japanese Americans were forced from their homes on the West Coast and into prisons in the interior. Two of those prison camps were at Rohwer and Jerome in Arkansas, a land of deep racial segregation.
Paul Takemoto grew up in Maryland. His mother and her parents had been imprisoned in both of the Arkansas camps, but he didn’t want to know the details. Ashamed of his Japanese American heritage, Paul was deeply rebellious. He returns to Arkansas with one thought: what does what happened here mean to who I am? Paul is a man of powerful revelations: of his past, of his ancestors’ past, and what they mean to his self-identity. He grieves over lost time and years spent fighting a ghost he didn’t understand.
Richard Yada was born in the Rohwer Camp, and his family and several others refused to return to California, where violence against Japanese Americans still existed. Instead, they became sharecroppers in Arkansas. But a code of segregation in the rural South ruled every interaction. A person could be only one of two things: black or white. Where did these non-white, non-black newcomers belong?
Mayor Rosalie Gould was a fearless woman whose deep Southern accent belies a fierce determination. She was a female mayor before there were such things. Some of her old friends and neighbors threatened her life. What about her was so terrible? She had the audacity to see the prisoners not as the enemy, but as Americans who had been wronged. Along the way, the former prisoners and the camp’s art teacher left her their valuable treasure – the haunting art of the camps.
Relocation, Arkansas weaves these remarkable stories into a surprising tale of prejudice and perseverance, hurt and healing, and ultimately, the triumph of reconciliation.


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