What It Means to Be Free: A Video about Poetry & Japanese American Internment (DVD)
A video by Michael Markee & Vincent Wixon. Music by Todd Barton.
American Book Award winning poet Lawson Inada reads ten poems from his books Legends from Camp and drawing the line.
An internee in Japanese American internment camps during WWII, Inada discusses his experiences and his poems about growing up in camps.
Videotaped in California and Oregon, this documentary also contains historical footage from the National Archives, and the Japanese American National Museum, as well as photographs from Inada family albums.
Viewer’s Guide: text of three poems, copy of evacuation order and map of camp locations, biography, bibliographies to aid further study, commentary, questions, and writing ideas for classes, study groups, and workshops.
2001. 25 minutes.