Friends Friday Films-Farewell to Manzanar

Event Type: Adult Programs
Date: 4/12/2013
Start Time: 8:00 PM
End Time: 10:00 PM
Farewell to Manzanar, based on the book by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, was the first commercial film written, performed, photographed and scored by Japanese Americans about the World War II camp experience.
Jeanne Wakatsuki was seven years old in 1942 when her family was uprooted from their home and sent to live at Manzanar--with 10,000 other Japanese Americans amidst searchlight towers and armed guards. Although it is the story of only one Japanese American family's experiences, it has become a modern classic, often compared with The Diary of Anne Frank as an example of poignant literature about the effects of war on youth and the human spirit.

John Korty, director of The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, championed the telling of the story in its entirety, without altering the plotline or characters to make it more palatable for a mainstream audience. He used Japanese American and Japanese actors and chose to film on site in the remains of Tule Lake and Manzanar. Rarely seen for 35 years, This film was obtained from the Japanese American National Museum for this showing.
Shown in conjunction with the Greenwich Reads Together project and the themes presented in the chosen book, When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka. 107 min.

Admission to the Friends Friday Films is free.
This series is made available by your membership contributions.
Show time is 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:40 p.m.

Library: Greenwich Library
Location: Cole Auditorium
Contact: Wayne Campbell
Contact Number: 203-622-7922