A Day of Remembrance virtual discussion featuring Actor George Takei about the film: "And then They Came for Us"
Free screenings all week, 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, culminate in a webinar hosted by the Berkeley Public Library and accessible to users of the Oakland Public Library, too. The webinar will consist of a virtual discussion with the filmmakers, joined by actor George Takei & trauma expert and film director Satsuki Ina, ex-internees who are featured in the film. (Takei is well-known for his unforgettable & historic role on the original television series "Star Trek." Ina is an trauma expert as well as a film director in her own right. She was born in an internment camp. Takei was a young boy when he and his family were interned with fellow Japanese Americans.)
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." Incidentally, both Lange and Korematsu were Oakland residents at the time of the infamous Executive Order.
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, go this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Tvs8yzqJQ62B3VuEP8S8Jw
It might be best to view the film before coming to the webinar. Screenings are offered online from Feb. 12 - Feb. 19 & hosted by Good Docs, a distributor of independent documentary films based in Los Angeles. To see the film, click here; https://gooddocs.net/pages/attcfu-ca-public-libraries