Watch The Trailer For “We Said No! No!,” A Docudrama About The Tule Lake Segregation Center

The following is a press release from independent filmmaker Brian Maeda.

A scene from the upcoming film, “We Said No! No!” by Brian Maeda, about the experiences of those Americans of Japanese ancestry who were unjustly incarcerated at the Tule Lake Segregation Center during World War II.
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Photo courtesy 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

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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5 Responses to Watch The Trailer For “We Said No! No!,” A Docudrama About The Tule Lake Segregation Center

  1. Art Maeda says:

    Looks like a great project and be in the education system and included in J town and in the library of W.L.A. Little J Town of Sawtelle Blvd

  2. V Wells says:

    If you’d like to follow We Said No, No on Facebook,you can go to

  3. Tad Kishi says:

    The Questions 27 and twenty 28 was never a question of loyalty to the internees for demanding the Issei and their children to answer the same question was ludicrous. The Issei could only answer “Yes Yes” because our Government had passed laws denying them citizenship and from owning property. If they answered “No-No,” they would be persons without a country. Young Japanese Americans of draft age found that or Government had reclassified them to 4C, enemy alien without due process. Unheard of in US history, young women of draft age were also required to sign off on the same Questionnaire. So where is the justice? Many chose to sign as ‘NO NO” to keep the family together and to stop this nightmare that was tearing the family apart. Some family even had sons in the US army.
    At Manzanar, Joseph Kurihara, a Nisei who had volunteered and served as a medic in France during World War I was arrested and sent to Manzanar when the war broke out. He protested vigorously and signed “No No.” To say that Question 27 and 28 is a document of loyalty? You got to be kidding.
    In truth, the US Government needed POWs in America to exchange with Americans captured by Japan. We just pawns for our Government to treat us without respect and without due process guaranteed under our Constitution.

  4. Sheila says:

    Could you please tell me the dates when the questionnaire was given, and when the No-No people first started arriving at Tule Lake. Thank you.

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