Diversity Film Series launches season with films about Japanese American internment

Filmmaker Lucy Ostrander, Karen Matsumoto of Bainbridge Island and Joyce Yamane of Edmonds -- daughters of the men profiled in the films, and filmmaker Don Sellers.
From left: Filmmaker Lucy Ostrander, Karen Matsumoto of Bainbridge Island and Joyce Yamane of Edmonds — daughters of the men profiled in the films, and filmmaker Don Sellers. (Photo by James Spangler)

About 75 people turned out at The Edmonds Theater Saturday, Oct. 20 for the kickoff of the 2018-19 Edmonds Diversity Commission Film Series, which featured two Stourwater Films – Honor and Sacrifice and Proof of Loyalty: Kazuo Yamane and the Nisei Soldiers of Hawaii.

Both films track the wartime contributions of two American heroes, Roy Matsumoto and Kazuo Yamane. They also illuminate  the internment of tens of thousands of Japanese American citizens along the West Coast during World War II.

Proof of Loyalty won the Audience Choice Award, Documentary at the 2017 Asian American International Film Festival in New York. It will air on PBS stations throughout the U.S. this coming Veteran’s Day. Look for it locally on KCTS channel 9 at noon, Nov. 11.

Read more about the films here.

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