Hidden Histories (free)

  • Central Library 201 West Mifflin Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States
The Orange Story. Photo courtesy of Full Spectrum Features.

The Orange Story. Photo courtesy of Full Spectrum Features.

The recently assembled program Hidden Histories combines five short films that draw on the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Each film uses a narrative approach based on historical events, but the curators at Full Spectrum Features clearly put this program together with an eye toward examining the tragic and unjustified experience in a few distinct stages. In Erika Street's The Orange Story, it's the pain of being forced to leave home, with only a few belongings, in a country stricken with xenophobia and war fever. In Kazuko Golden and Phil Emerson's A Song For Manzanar and Bryan Yokomi's One Of Many, it's the wrenching decisions people faced during their time in the actual internment camps. Robin D'Oench's Tadaima tells a story about what Japanese Americans went through after they left the camps and began trying to put their lives back together. Finally, Daryn Wasaka's Seppuku focuses on those living with the legacy. Of course, Hidden Histories also serves as a warning about the rising nationalism, xenophobia, and anti-immigrant sentiment in our own times. This screening will be followed by a panel discussion. —Scott Gordon