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Resistance at Tule Lake
A film by Konrad Aderer

78 minutes, color, 2018

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'Resistance at Tule Lake' tells the long-suppressed story of 12,000 Japanese Americans who dared to resist the U.S. government's program of mass incarceration during World War II. Branded as "disloyals" and imprisoned at Tule Lake Segregation Center, they continued to protest in the face of militarized violence, and thousands renounced their U.S. citizenship.

Giving voice to experiences that have been marginalized for over 70 years, this documentary from Japanese American filmmaker Konrad Aderer challenges the nationalist, one-sided ideal of wartime "loyalty."

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"A potent piece of history at a time when the United States is once again feeling less than hospitable." - THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Highly recommended. Draws upon historical records and video footage to shine light upon a heinous crime that the American government committed." - LIBRARY BOOKWATCH

"If I was king of the world I would add the expertly-produced 'Resistance at Tule Lake' to both high school and college curricula-and make it required viewing for members of all three branches of our federal government, and every state governor." - DON SCHWARTZ, CINESOURCE

Disc Features

Bonus short films included on the DVD:

1. Grace Hata: Life in Japan (9:41)
Grace Hata describes her family's struggle for survival after being repatriated to war-torn Japan.

2. Interview with Konrad Aderer (5:04)
Director Konrad Aderer talks about what drove him to make 'Resistance at Tule Lake,' why the Tule Lake story remains urgent today, and how the legacy of resistance is being carried on in the pilgrimage community.

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