Documentary Film Screening: Resistance at Tule Lake

Take a cinematic journey through Japan with the Morikami Film Series
Underwritten by Linda and Michael Sonnenreich

Film & Discussion led by Director Konrad Aderer

Film Run Time: 78 mins.
Release Date: 2017
Rating: NR

Friday, July 28, 2023

Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: Members – $7 | Non-Members – $10

The dominant narrative of the World War II incarceration of Japanese-Americans has been that they behaved as a “model minority,” that they cooperated without protest and proved their patriotism by enlisting in the Army. Resistance at Tule Lake, a new feature-length documentary from Third World Newsreel and directed by Japanese American filmmaker Konrad Aderer, overturns that myth by telling the long-suppressed story of Tule Lake Segregation Center.

Resistance at Tule Lake tells the long-suppressed story of 12,000 Japanese Americans who dared to resist the U.S. government’s program of mass incarceration during World War II. Branded as “disloyals” and re-imprisoned at Tule Lake Segregation Center, they continued to protest in the face of militarized violence, and thousands renounced their U.S. citizenship. Giving voice to experiences that have been marginalized for over 70 years, this documentary challenges the nationalist, one-sided ideal of wartime “loyalty.”

Director: Konrad Aderer

Konrad Aderer is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker based in New York City. Konrad’s independent documentaries have focused on how immigrant communities resist racist government policies. His documentary Resistance at Tule Lake was broadcast nationally on PBS from 2018-2020. His 2018 short documentary The Dream Ride followed young, out-of-status Asian American activists on a 1,700-mile bicycle campaign for immigrant justice. He has freelanced for the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, the United Nations, and USAID.

Tule Lake aerial view, from the guard tower, post-segregation. Abalone Mountain in the background. Photographer: R.H. Ross, c. 1944-46. Courtesy of the Tule Lake Committee

It tends to be cold in our theater.  You may want a sweater or a jacket with you.

“’Resistance at Tule Lake’ is a potent piece of history at a time when the United States is once again feeling less than hospitable.”
– New York Times

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