History Recorded, History Repeated | Chicago Reader

History Recorded, History Repeated

A mixed program of 2003 shorts. John Esaki's Eyewitness: Stan Honda looks at 9/11 through the eyes of a noted news photographer who was on the scene when the towers fell. Esaki persuasively draws parallels between the maltreatment of Japanese-Americans during World War II and the current climate of discrimination against Muslims. Jason DeSilva's Lest We Forget covers similar ground, detailing the demonization and unjust detention of men from third-world countries, though its didactic tone blunts its effectiveness. Written and shot in one day, X. Dean Lim's The Yellow Truth is a breezy look at Hollywood's treatment of Asians. 97 min.

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