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Catalog # 223
Title History and Memory for Akiko and Takashige (D)
Series Women Make Movies
Filmmaker Rea Tajiri
Year 1991
Subject Race
Format VHS
Region North America
Description Produced by ?. Year? ISBN: ? Summary Groundbreaking and haunting, this film is a poetic composition of recorded history and non-recorded memory. Filmmaker Rea Tajiri’s family was among the 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans who were imprisoned in internment camps after the attack on Pearl Harbor. And like so many who were in the camps, Tajiri’s family wrapped their memories of that experience in a shroud of silence and forgetting. Ruminating on the difficult nature of representing the past – especially a past that exists outside traditional historic accounts – Tajiri blends interviews, memorabilia, a pilgrimage to the camp where her mother was interned, and the story of her father, who had been drafted pre-Pearl Harbor and returned to find his family’s house removed from its site. Descript 1 videocassette (32 min.) : sd., color ; 1/2 in Series Women Make Movies Cast Director: Rea Tajiri Subject Race, nisei, WWII