The Osher Marin JCC is excited to host a special screening of the documentary film The Ito Sisters: An American Story. Directed and produced by Antonia Grace Glenn, the documentary captures the rarely told stories of the earliest Japanese immigrants to the United States and their American-born children. In particular, the film focuses on the experiences of Issei (or immigrant) and Nisei (or first generation born in the US) women, whose voices have largely been excluded from American history. The evening is presented in partnership with Canal Alliance, Brandeis Marin, and the Jewish Community Relations Council.
Following the film, all are invited to stay for a moderated panel discussion, drawing historical parallels between the Japanese American incarceration camps and the current immigration crisis. Of particular focus will be how wartime incarceration disproportionately affects women and children, leading to trauma that can take generations to address and begin to heal.
*The film and panel discussion are appropriate for middle school-aged children and up.*
Concessions will be available for purchase at the program.
ABOUT THE FILM
The Ito Sisters reveals a little-known chapter of American history, focusing on life in what was essentially a California plantation system between the world wars, with Asian and Mexican laborers working the fields of white landowners. At the center of the film are three Nisei sisters. Their personal narratives are set against the backdrop of the anti-Japanese movement in California, a 60-year campaign by politicians, journalists, landowners, labor leaders, and others that culminated in the forced removal and incarceration of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast. At the core of The Ito Sisters is the theme of citizenship and American identity, and how the rights of immigrants and their children have been restricted, tested and/or established. The film has been broadcast on more than 200 PBS stations around the country, been honored with five film festival awards, and been screened at more than 30 museums, universities and other institutions nationwide, including most recently at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.