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The First Battle - The Battle for Equality in War-Time Hawaii (DVD)
Item No.: 210410


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Produced, written and directed by Tom Coffman. Directed and edited by Robert Bates.

With war fears rising, a council for interracial unity organized in Honolulu in 1939 in support of Hawaii’s large Japanese-ancestry community. On December 7, 1941, they sprang into action. Where 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry were relocated from the West Coast and interned, the behind–the–scenes battle for justice and equality—reaching as far as the White House—set Hawaii on a different course.

The First Battle portrays people working together under extreme stress, against tremendous odds. It will change how viewers see Hawaii.

Running time: 60 min.

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