Manzanar: “Never Again” Released – Video by Ken Burns: Watch It Here!

UPDATE, AUGUST 23, 2012: Video has been re-encoded and is now viewable on iOS devices (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad).

Ken Burns
Photo: Cable Risdon/Courtesy PBS

Manzanar: “Never Again,” a short film by critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, has been released by WETA-TV (Public Television in Washington, D.C.) and Florentine Films. The mini-documentary is one of five such films produced by WETA and Florentine Films as part of their Untold Stories project.

Manzanar: “Never Again” was shown at a preview screening at the Beverly and Jim Rogers Museum of Lone Pine Film History in Lone Pine, California on April 24, 2009. It was also screened at the Manzanar At Dusk program on April 25, 2009, following the 40th Manzanar Pilgrimage, held earlier that day at the Manzanar National Historic Site.

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A Tribute to their Grandmother

Editor’s Note: The following is a speech by Monica and Michael Embrey, who paid tribute to their grandmother, Sue Kunitomi Embrey, at the 37th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 29, 2006.

Michael: We’re here today trying to understand our history. Something we young people are struggling to understand—something we never experienced, but something that we must never forget.

Our grandmother, Sue Kunitomi Embrey, has fought to make this place what it is today. For close to forty years, she testified before Congress, wrote letters, spoke, argued, cried and cheered. She chose to do this for many reasons, but she has always said that she took up this fight because so many young people were struggling to understand what their families and their parents had gone through.

Monica: In the early days of the Manzanar Pilgrimage, our grandmother often spoke of how gratifying it was to have so many sansei and young people of all races coming and struggling to understand how and why this happened. And more importantly, she always said how essential it was that so many people came forward pledging to fight against something like this ever happening again. Our grandmother never said shikata ga nai. She says, nidotonaiyouni, let it never happen again. Read more of this post