Japanese-American Internment Remembrance & Online Discussion with George Takei

For this year's Day of Remembrance, the annual commemoration of the tragic internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, Bay Area filmmakers Abby Ginzberg and Ken Schneider are offering a for one week a free online presentation of their powerful documentary, "And then they Came for Us." The film will be available free online for a week (Feb. 12 - Feb. 19) in advance of webinar about the production and the internment featuring actor George Takei. The webinar takes place on Feb. 19, from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. PST.

Enjoy a free online screening (from Feb. 12 through Feb, 19) of the compelling and powerful 51-minute documentary film "And Then They Came for Us," by co-directors Abby Ginzberg of the East Bay and Ken Schneider of  San Francisco. The run of free screenings will culminate in a virtual discussion (on Feb 19, from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.) in webinar form of the film and the circumstances and outcomes of the Japanese-American Internment during World War II. For the webinar, the filmmakers will be joined by actor George Takei & Satsuki Ina, internees who are featured in the film. (Besides his activism, Takei is well-known for his historic and unforgettable role serving on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise in the original television series "Star Trek.")

Ginzberg describes her documentary as "a cautionary and inspiring tale for all societies. In 1942, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, paving the way for the forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans. The film educates audiences about the constitutional damage done in the name of national security due to war hysteria and racism."

"Featuring actor George Takei and others who were incarcerated, rediscovered photos by Dorothea Lange and the story of Fred Korematsu’s long journey to justice, the film brings history into the present, as it follows Japanese Americans speaking out against the current Muslim travel ban and other regressive immigration policies." For a bit of a local angle, both Lange and Korematsu were Oakland residents when the round-up of Japanese Americans began not long after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

Click this link [no registration required] for the free sceening of the film, running Feb. 12 - Feb. 19 and hosted by Los Angeles-based Good Docs, distributor of the film and other independent documentaries: https://gooddocs.net/pages/attcfu-ca-public-libraries

Click this link to register for the post-screening Q & A in webinar form hosted by the Berkeley Public Library: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Tvs8yzqJQ62B3VuEP8S8Jw. The webinar will feature actor George Takei, a former internee, filmmaker Abby Ginzberg and Satsuki Ina who was born while in internment.