“Witness: The Legacy of Heart Mountain,” a documentary film by ABC7 “Eyewitness News” anchor and AAJA-LA officer David Ono, will screen on Saturday, Feb. 22, in a presentation co-sponsored by the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo.
“Witness” tells the history and legacy of the World War II internment camp outside Cody, Wyoming, where more than 10,000 Japanese Americans were imprisoned, the majority of them from Los Angeles. The film is a moving look into the Japanese American experience, told by those who witnessed it firsthand and complemented by photos from inside the camp.
Most of you know that David serves as AAJA-LA’s vice president of broadcast. The film, the premiere of an extended version of work he reported for “Eyewitness News,” will be followed by a panel discussion with David and producer Jeff MacIntrye; Shirley Ann Higuchi, chair of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation; G.W. Kimura, president and chief executive officer of the Japanese American National Museum; and community members Patti Hirahara, Toshi Ito and Darrell Kunitomi, who appear in the film. A reception will follow. (RSVPs are required, as noted below.)
In addition, leaders of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation will speak and take questions about their efforts in a town hall meeting at the museum preceding the screening.
This would be a wonderful opportunity for members and friends of our chapter to explore Asian American history while supporting the work of our devoted colleague. We hope to see you there.
4 to 5:30 p.m.
George and Sakaye Aratani Central Hall
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles 90012
Film Showing and Panel Discussion
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Tateuchi Democracy Forum
National Center for the Preservation of Democracy
(across the courtyard from the main museum building)
Suggested donation for film and reception: $15