Internment: The Art Shibayama Story
26 minutes. Directed by Casey Peek
and Irum Shiekh.
Available in VHS or multilingual (Japanese and English) DVD formats.
Coming soon: Spanish version
Through first-person narrative,
archival footage and other forms of media, Peek Media produced a
documentary on the life of Art Shibayama, a San Jose resident originally
from Lima, Peru, who was taken by the US officials at the age of
thirteen. Art’s experiences reveal not only the hidden saga
of the interned Japanese Peruvians, but continue to address the
legacy of civil liberties and human rights doctrine.
Weaving the immigrant story into the overall internment and redress
history, Art's story portrays the quintessential American hero:
the common immigrant who, through forces beyond his control, is
reluctantly propelled into the redress struggle as an activist and,
ultimately, defender of the constitution and champion of human rights.
Providing the backbone of the documentary, Art's story is inter-cut
with testimonies from former internees, both Japanese American and
Japanese Latin American, as
well as others involved in the redress movement. This approach tells
a personal account, provides a master narrative of the overall story
and highlights how lives were impacted by resettlement following
Hidden Internment + Caught
In Between: What to Call Home in Times of War
As the Arab, Muslim, South Asian
communities face post-911 repression, Caught in Between
captures Muslim and Japanese American communities revisiting the
dark days of the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World
War II. Interviews with former internees, their children, religious
leaders, citizens and immigrants from Japanese and Muslim American
communities are woven together to make crucial connections between
then and the current “War on Terrorism.” Caught in Between
tells a story about people who have been made the enemy, questions
“freedom” in the USA, and captures the power of people standing
together to fight for civil liberties and human rights.