Life Interrupted: Reunion & Remembrance In Arkansas (DVD)

Item # 230014.

In September 2004, more than 1,300 people embarked on a transformative journey to Little Rock, Arkansas. Former internees and their families, students and educators gathered to examine and reflect upon the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. This DVD features the stories, history and emotions of a community forged in the remote Arkansas swamps more than 60 years ago.


Little Rock School Tour
Arkansas students candidly discuss what they learned from studying the Japanese American incarceration and how the experience is connected to their own lives. Watch this video on YouTube.

Arkansas’ Forgotten: Japanese American Internment Camps
A documentary produced by middle school students from Horace Mann Arts and Science Magnet School EAST Lab in Little Rock, interweaving interviews with former Rohwer and Jerome inmates and home movies shot in the camps.

Lasting Beauty: High School Muralists
Inspired by the images and objects depicting the Japanese American incarceration experience, high school students from Parkview Arts and Science Magnet designed and created a mural displayed at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Fine Arts Building. In 2005, the mural was brought to Los Angeles for display at the Japanese American National Museum as part of the Lasting Beauty: Miss Jamison and the Student Muralists exhibition.

Camp Connections
Former inmates, their families, scholars, students, and educators participate in dialogue and share their personal experiences and discuss the complexities of civil rights, democracy, and social justice.

A Return to Rohwer and Jerome
More than a thousand people made an emotional pilgrimage to the former Jerome and Rohwer camp sites in southeast Arkansas.

Eight exhibitions opened in Little Rock exploring the unconstitutional imprisonment of Japanese Americans in Arkansas, the heroic legacy of Japanese American military service during World War II and the striking art created behind barbed wire.

Keynote Speeches
Nationally noted speakers reflect on civil rights and democracy include: Sybil Jordan Hampton, Ed.D., President, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation; Irene Hirano, President & CEO, Japanese American National Museum; Senator Daniel K. Inouye, Hawaii; Senator Mark Pryor, Arkansas; Win Rockefeller, Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas; George Takei

Total running time approx.90 min.

A production of the Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center



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