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Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest

Sunday, April 30, 2017
Venue: Camera 3
Time: 4:30 pm

A Bitter Legacy  

Claudia Katayanagi / USA / Documentary / 2016 / 70 mins


This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese American internment camps. While the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II is now widely known, little has been exposed about the Citizen Isolation Centers – secret prisons for “troublemakers” who resisted and questioned authority. A Bitter Legacy examines those prisons – now considered to be precursors to Guantanamo Bay – and parallels to issues of racism and immigration restriction today.


Post Screening Guest

After the screening of A Bitter Legacy,  join us for a Q&A with Director, Claudia Katayanagi

Claudia Katayanagi has had a long career in sound mixing and recording. She has worked on feature films, programs for KQED, and on HBO documentaries, including Food, Inc. and PBS’ Frontline. A Bitter Legacy is her award-winning directorial debut. She is a Nikkei Yonsei, or fourth generation Japanese American, and says that making this film helped her “fully appreciate my cultural heritage and all that pain and indignation all the Nikkei families have suffered.”

Bitter Legacy Film Sponsors

Barbara Horiuchi