"And Then They Came for Us" Film Screening
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 be followed by a virtual discussion (on Feb 19, from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.) with the filmmakers, joined by actor George Takei & Satsuki Ina, internees who are featured in the film. (Besides his activism, Takei is well-known for his unforgettable role on the original television series "Star Trek.")
The work of two former Oaklanders, Dorothea Lange (whose photograph is featured in the accompanying graphic) and Fred Korematsu who successfully litigated for reparations, figures prominently in the production of the film.
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."
Link to the free sceening of the film, running Feb. 12 - Feb. 19 & hosted by Good Docs, a distributor of independent documentary films based in Los Angeles:
Link to register for the post-screening Q & A on Feb 19 from 4:00-5:00 pm, featuring George Takei, filmmaker, Abby Ginzberg and Satsuki Ina, who is featured in the film hosted by the Berkeley Public Library: