Friday, September 11, 2009

Robert A. Nakamura

Sign showing World War Two discrimination against Japanese Americans

Still from Manzanar by Robert Nakamura

Robert A. Nakamura had been sent to the concentration camp for Japanese Americans at Manzanar when he was a boy. He reflects on his memories in Manzanar (1972), a 16 minute short. The visual texture of the film centers on melancholy scenes of Manzanar's ruins in the Owens Valley and archival material from the 1940s. Nakamura's use of signs (such as the two examples, above) are particularly moving.
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