Right of Passage

Saturday, May 21, 2016RofP - Inouye
2:30 p.m.
Northside Community Center

RIGHT OF PASSAGE (2015, 128 min., documentary). The newly produced, extensively detailed chronicle of Japanese American redress and the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 arrives in San Jose for its first local screening.

Director Janice Tanaka, co-producer Nancy Araki and screenwriter/editor Sreescanda researched the story by examining recently declassified documents from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley and accessing the archives of Densho in Seattle, where video interviews with late key figures were provided.  The feature-length documentary is narrated by Brooke Shields.

The team interviewed dozens of individuals directly involved in the legislative process, including former U.S. Rep. Norman Mineta; former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson; former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank; Ken Duberstein, former Chief of Staff to President Reagan; Jodie Bernstein, former Chair of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC); and Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga, researcher for CWRIC.

Many community members also contributed, including Alan Nishio and Miya Iwataki of the National Coalition for Redress and Reparations (NCRR) and Cherry Kinoshita, Grace Uyehara, John Tateishi, Ron Wakabayashi and Ron Ikejiri of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). Other key figures, such as Rose Matsui Ochi, Grant Ujifusa, Rudy Tokiwa (of San Jose), Glenn Roberts and Stuart Ishimaru, provided behind-the-scenes insight into an uphill legislative effort, undertaken during unfavorable political conditions.

Program:  Director Janice Tanaka and producer Nancy Araki in conversation with former Civil Liberties Public Education Fund vice-chair Susan Hayase.