We’re launching a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. Donations large and small will be rewarded with thank-you gifts including DVDs, downloads of the film and powerful images of my family’s incarceration during World War Two. Your tax-deductible contribution can make a big difference! Please click on the image to the left to find out more and support.
I’ve just returned presenting the film at the Tule Lake Pilgrimage 2012 (June 30-July 3), about which I will be writing and posting video shortly. Enemy Alien needs your support for
- an edit system – recently the MacIntosh on which this documentary was edited completely broke down (the project survived but needs some work to restore).
- 60-minute educational version – though the 81-minute festival cut has been edited down to a powerful 68-minute version for additional discussion time, those last 8 minutes need to be edited for this documentary to reach young adults in the classroom.
Director, Life or Liberty
Other recent news:
Enemy Alien Garners Awards and More at DisOrient 2012
Enemy Alien Recommended by Booklist, Purchased by Universities
After this summer the director will be bringing the film to Japanese American National Museum (September 8) and the Middle East Caucus of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies in Chicago (March, 2013).
ENEMY ALIEN: opening the FBI files
Enemy Alien - documentary - 2011 - 81 minutes
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Enemy Alien is a feature documentary on the fight to free Palestinian activist Farouk Abdel-Muhti from Homeland Security told through the eyes of a Japanese American filmmaker coming to grips with his family's World War Two incarceration.
Director's note: This opening scene of the documentary was the last one shot. When Farouk's FBI files arrived, three years after I'd requested them under the Freedom of Information Act, I came to a realization about why I was destined to tell his story, and how through this film I was also telling my own.
“Of great importance to American democracy, Enemy Alien is both timely and moving. We ignore its message at our peril.” Gary Y. Okihiro, coauthor, Impounded: Dorothea Lange and the Censored Images of Japanese American Internment
Jason D. Mak Social Justice Award, 2012
PAC Alliance Award for Courage, 2012
RECOMMENDED for Young Adult Curriculum: “a strong reminder of the fragility of human rights and an excellent discussion prompter” – Booklist Online
Documentary, 2011, 81 minutes
a Japanese American filmmaker confronts his family legacy of wartime incarceration as he joins the fight to free a Palestinian activist from Homeland Security detention.
A project of Life or Liberty