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In July 2017, the Foundation brought four high-school students together in Twin Falls, Idaho, to join the Minidoka Pilgrimage and participate in our Digital Storytelling Project. They spent five days together researching and creating these short videos linked to four incarceration camps. The workshop leader, Jeff MacIntyre of Content Media in Los Angeles, finalized them and we are proud to present them here.
Jerome: dEMOCRACY aDRIFT
Ryan Nguyen relates the tribulations of his mother, Le My Doan, as a Vietnamese refugee, to the experiences of Japanese-American incarcerees at Jerome in Arkansas, discussing the loss of basic human rights.
Minidoka: A Portrait of America
Becca Jackson created this video linking the experiences of her grandmother, Hisako Yasuda, to the kaleidoscopic paintings of Roger Shimomura, depicting daily life at camp Minidoka in Idaho.
Gila River: sTEALING hOME
Annie Schillo illustrates the distinctly American life that incarcerees at Gila River in Arizona nurtured through baseball, defying the expectation of un-Americanness that placed them there in the first place.
Tule Lake: Fighting the Fence
Jackson Sousa created this video honoring his grandfather, Asa Yonemura, who was incarcerated at Granada (Amache) in Colorado. He parallels the experiences of his grandfather to Tule Lake incarcerees, focusing around the recent development of Tule Lake Airport, which threatens to take over the incarceration site.
To learn more about the Digital Storytelling Project and watch the whole collection of videos, please click below.
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