Written and directed by Junichi Suzuki.
While cameras were prohibited in internment camps, there was one photographer who smuggled in a lens and built a camera to capture life behind barbed wires. That photographer was Toyo Miyatake. Toyo’s photographs of internment camp life capture the compelling stories of Japanese Americans during World War II and are the focus of this documentary. The works of Toyo’s mentors and companions, 20th century’s famed photographers, Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, are also uncovered in this film. Close to 500 riveting photographs of the Japanese Internment come to life on the big screen. This is the first film in the Japanese American WWII trilogy by Junichi Suzuki. (with Japanese subtitles.)
Complementing Toyo’s photographs is music by world-renowned Grammy and Golden Globe Award winning artist, Kitaro and a final song by Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park. Running time 98 min.