Future documentary film screenings

NEXT screening of our documentary film:

October 22, 2017   2:00 pm
San Francisco
New People Cinema
1746 Post Street
Parking: The Japan Center Garage entrance is located in front of New People Cinema 
on Post Street; it can also be accessed from 1610 Geary Boulevard. 

BY INVITATION ONLY. (Limited seating)

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Location for future screenings:
Missoula, Montana 
Sacramento, California
San Jose, California
San Diego, California
Fresno, California
Oakland, California
Monterey, California


Our documentary film, "For the Sake of the Children"

"For the Sake of the Children" shares the stories and reveals the multi-generational emotional impact of the forced Japanese incarceration during World War II.
Documentary film producer and Poston-born Marlene Shigekawa worked with Fly on the Wall Production's videographer, Sean Dolan.  Wyoming. Summer 2014
"For the Sake of the Children" film director, Joe Fox; film producer; 
Marlene Shigekawa;  and videographer, Sean Dolan, traveled to 
the Manzanar and Heart Mountain sites for interviews. Summer 2014

 The film crew traveled to the Parker Valley, Arizona for 
more filming. Summer 2014
It rained at Poston, Arizona while the film crew were
 on the site. Summer 2014
"For the Sake of the Children" film videographer, Sean Dolan views 
a family collection of photos.

Diana McCabe invited our documentary film crew to record and 
interview members of her family. McCabe Family Reunion. 
Minnesota. Summer 2014

It's a wrap!  The principal photography finished for our 
documentary film---"For the Sake of the Children".  
Pictured: The film's production team. July 2015

"For the Sake of the Children". Documentary film was screened
 at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival. October 2016. 

***We were awarded a National Endowment 
for the Arts Grant!!! 
Our first film screening with a question and answer session following was held at the West Los Angeles United Methodist Church. Panelists: Alan Nishio, Marlene Shigekawa, and Scott Naakatari  as moderator.  June 4, 2017

Another film screening was held at the Japanese American National Museum, Takeuchi Democracy Forum Theater. A post-screening panel discussion on civil liberties and human rights followed with Hussam Ayloush, Executive Director of Council of American-Islamic Relations, Greater Los Angeles Area; Monica Embrey, 4th generation Manzanar descendent and interim Director of Greenpeace’s Movement Hub US; Niels Frenzen, Professor of Law, Director of Immigration Clinic, USC; Alan Nishio, Chairman of the Board of Governors, Little Tokyo Service Center; and Jennie Pasquarella, Director of Immigrants’ Rights, ACLU of California. Los Angeles. February 19, 2017.
Panel session following another film screening held at the Grace Presbyterian Church in Long Beach, California. Panelists: Marlene Shigekawa, Stephanie Reeves Gilman, Patti Tsubokawa Reeves, and Amy Tsubokawa. April 30, 2017

At the Museum of the Moving Image with directors, Joe Fox and Marlene Shigekawa in conjunction with the "Self-Interned, 1942: Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center" exhibit, during the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, the wartime directive that authorized the incarceration of Japanese citizens and American citizens of Japanese ancestry.  A post-screening discussion with the filmmakers was moderated by Shannon Murphy, Head of Education at The Noguchi Museum. May 7, 2017. New York 

Click here to visit our film's website: For the Sake of the Children

Funding for our documentary film has been generously provided by the our Kickstarter donors, the National Park Service Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program, the National Endowment of the Arts, the Poston Memorial Monument Committee, as well as other individual donors.


Progress report

     Our project manager, Marlene Shigekawa traveled to Poston, Arizona this week for a site visit to view our current stabilization efforts of the Poston 1 Elementary School adobe classrooms.  

     She writes, "It's exciting to see the progress we are making. "

     In fact, Marlene has been to Poston twice in the last month and had meetings with various Colorado River Indian Tribe Departments: Planning, Historic Preservation, and Wildland Fires to clear the brush. 

                     Our preservation architect, Barbara Darden with our contractors. 

                                               Classroom stabilization work has begun!

                                      Barbara Darden, our preservation architect

               Photo credit: Marlene Shigekawa for the Poston Community Alliance


What a great photo find!

Thank you to Dana Yamashita for sharing this photo. 

 Dana writes, "I don't know if I have my dad correctly identified - but if you're looking at the picture he's the 2nd from the left...and his sister is 5th from right - Kanshi Stanley Yamashita and Iku Yamashita. Their parents were Kiyoo and Kikue and they had a younger brother Tetsuo, who was about 10."

Signatures of some of the people which was on the back side of the photo. 


Board members recent visit to Poston, Arizona

April 2017
Location: Poston, Arizona 

Poston Community Alliance board members, Daryl Brown, Nancy Takahashi, and John Guilday met with the contractors to discuss the brick design and installation at the Poston Memorial Monument and kiosk site.

Sid Arase (Poston  208-11-A) talking with Barbara Darden, preservation architect at the Poston Memorial Monument site.

Inspecting the barrack which we had relocated from the town of Parker back to Poston.