Watch The Trailer For “We Said No! No!,” A Docudrama About The Tule Lake Segregation Center
May 18, 2016 5 Comments
The following is a press release from independent filmmaker Brian Maeda.
LOS ANGELES — As outrage and conflict continue to swirl around presumed Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump’s remarks on Muslims, a local director is attempting to shed light on the mistakes of a period in time in which similar sentiments were made against Japanese Americans.
Brian Maeda, a documentary-feature filmmaker who started his career on the Academy Award-winning Bound for Glory, with renowned cinematographer Haskell Wexler, is working on a new docudrama film entitled, We Said No! No!, focusing on the experience of thousands of so-called “disloyal Japanese Americans” who were sent to the Tule Lake Segregation Camp in Northern California during World War II.
Specifically focusing on one of the more controversial groups, the No-No Boys, Maeda hopes to tell the story of internal conflict and strife brought about, not only from the unfounded fears of Japanese American espionage and terrorism, but from a confusing (and what many Japanese American citizens considered to be insulting) loyalty questionnaire distributed to all Japanese Americans upon their unjust incarceration in some of the most barren and uninhabitable regions of the United States.
With such relevant ties to today’s headlines regarding Muslim Americans, Maeda, who born in the Manzanar concentration camp, hopes that the story of the No-No Boys will remind people of the injustices of the past and that, ultimately, “no race or ethnicity will be subject to this kind of discrimination in America again.”
For more information on the film and how to get involved or donate, visit WeSaidNoNo.com.
We Said No! No! is currently in production in Los Angeles and is scheduled for completion in 2017. It is partially funded by a grant from the National Park Service and supported by Los Angeles City Council member Mike Bonin (11th district). Fundraising activities are ongoing.
NOTE: The Manzanar Committee serves as the fiscal agent for this film.
You can watch the official trailer below.
We Said No! No! – Official Trailer
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