2014 Venice Buddhist Film Festival: Final Installment

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Today, the 2nd of March, we completed the final films of our festival. We finished our first decade of the film festival with a bang: over 70 individuals participated and enjoyed today’s finale. The two films presented exemplified our temple’s theme of “Exile” for this year: “Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story,” and “The Music Man of Manzanar.” Also screened was a trailer for an upcoming documentary, “We Said NO NO.” The loss one feels when deemed unwanted by the society we were raised in, ostracized and imprisoned for something we (the Japanese American community) were innocent of, was our historic exile.

Thank you to Phyllis Hayashibara and Richard Modiano for making today’s event possible. Thank you to our panelists who made the event more personal as each shared their experiences: Arnold Maeda, exiled to Manzanar from Santa Monica; Bill Nishimura, “no-no boy” exiled from Poston to Tule Lake to Santa Fe to Crystal City; Hank Iwamoto, whose family self-exiled to Colorado and Oklahoma; Brian Maeda, born in Manzanar, filmmaker and supporter of Manzanar Committee and Manzanar Pilgrimage. Finally, thank you to all who participated and made this event a memorable one. Gasshou

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