The Cal Poly English Department and College of Liberal Arts will host a screening of the award-winning documentary “And Then They Came for Us” from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Room 2 in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7) on campus.
In 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, paving the way to the profound violation of constitutional rights that resulted in the forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese-Americans.
“And Then They Came for Us” features activist, producer, and Sacramento State Professor Emeritus Satsuki Ina, Ph.D.; actor and activist George Takei; and others who were incarcerated, as well as newly rediscovered photographs by Dorothea Lange. “[Internment] was a failure of American democracy, and yet because most Americans are not aware of that dark chapter of American history, it’s about to be repeated,” Takei said. The documentary retells the difficult story and follows Japanese-American activists as they speak out against the Muslim registry and travel ban.
Ina, who is featured in the film and will attend the screening, was born in the Tule Lake concentration camp during World War II. She is professor emeritus in the School of Education at Sacramento State and currently has a private psychotherapy practice in Oakland, California, where she specializes in the treatment of community-based, historical trauma. She has produced two award-winning PBS documentary films on the subject of the Japanese-American incarceration, “Children of the Camps” and “From a Silk Cocoon.”
The screening is free and open to the public. Ina will answer questions from the audience following the screening. Tickets are not required, and seating is open.
Cal Poly English Department: https://english.calpoly.edu
Cal Poly College of Liberal Arts: https://cla.calpoly.edu
“And Then They Came For Us”: https://www.thentheycamedoc.com
Satsuki Ina: http://satsukiina.com