Four films about the World War II experience of Japanese Americans in Washington State have been licensed for use by all Washington ESDs. The films, which have all appeared on PBS, were produced by Bainbridge Island’s Stourwater Pictures and are licensed through OSPI’s Kip Tokuda Memorial Washington Civil Liberties Public Education Program grant.
The closed-captioned films are now available for streaming via Vimeo.
- Fumiko Hayashida: The Woman Behind the Symbol (15 minutes)
- The Red Pines (12 minutes)
- My Friends Behind Barbed Wire (9 minutes)
- Home From the Eastern Sea (59 minutes) tells the story of the immigration of Chinese, Japanese, and Filipinos to America. The section on Japanese Americans starts at 17:08 minutes into the film and runs approximately 21 minutes.
Free curriculum is available to download for The Red Pines and My Friends Behind Barbed Wire. Curriculum for the remaining films is being developed and will be released later this year.