From a Silk Cocoon

This somber documentary (57 min.) by Satsuki Ina and Stephen Holsapple uses the experiences of Ina's parents to examine the psychological toll of being sent to an American internment camp during World War II. It's hampered only by the repetitive flute music and the low-key voice-over readings from diaries, letters, and haiku. It screens with John Esaki's Stand Up for Justice (2004, 33 min.), which effectively dramatizes the plight of interned Japanese-Americans through the real-life story of Ralph Lazo. A Hispanic high school student in Los Angeles, Lazo protested the internment program by joining his buddies and their families inside one of the camps. (AG)

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