The locally produced PBS documentary film “Silent Sacrifice” about the relocation and incarceration of the Central Valley’s Japanese-Americans in 1942 will be screened at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in the Peters Education Center Auditorium, west of the Save Mart Center inside the Student Recreation Center building.
A discussion led by local film director Jeff Aiello, Elizabeth Laval with Valley PBS, sansei Kerry Yo Nakagawa and Japanese-American internment survivors Saburo and Marion Masada of Fresno will follow.
A media availability with the discussants will be held before the screening at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in the Student Recreation Center Room 201. This is an opportunity for media to learn about the film, and to learn about the historic importance of the internment from those who were incarcerated for being Japanese and from the filmmakers who told their story. For information about the media availability, contact Benjamin Kirk at 559.974.8507.
“Silent Sacrifice” reveals the true story of one of the darkest chapters in America’s past. After Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Japanese-Americans and immigrants who called the United States home were subjected to one of the most substantial violations of civil liberties in our nation’s history.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 on Feb. 19, 1942, and, by May, nearly 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry — most of whom were legal American citizens — were forced to leave their homes, their schools, their businesses and their lives behind and relocate to military-controlled concentration camps.
This documentary focuses on the Central Valley history of this tragic past and presents witnesses who might be your friends or neighbors.
This screening is sponsored by Valley PBS. All CineCulture films screened on campus are free and open to the public. Parking is relaxed after 4 p.m. on Fridays.
CineCulture is a film series provided as a service to Fresno State campus students, faculty and staff and community.