23 7 / 2012
Did everyone read “Farewell to Manzanar” in Jr. High? If not, u should check it out. It’s about a Japanese American girl in an internment camp during World War II called Manzanar.
So, there I was, minding my business at AMC South Bay and I noticed this man carrying around some signs and I thought he was picketing or something. Well as I’m going up the escalators I notice he’s setting up the advertisement for this film called “The Manzanar Fishing Club” and it triggered a memory of Jr. High.
I went to the concession stand and am waiting for my snack when the guy comes up to the manager who’s helping me and asks him about something. Before he walks away I decide not to let him go without asking about the movie. He tells me he’s the Director/Producer of the documentary!! He asks me “How do u know about Manzanar?” I told him I’d read “Farewell to Manzanar”! I’m all wowed and ask him about the film.
He said it was basically a group of men who were in the camp who decided to defy their captors and would sneak out the camp through a hole in the fence and would go fishing and brought back fish to their families. Of course there’s more to the story, but that’s the basic story.
He was such a cool guy. Very humble and down to earth. He was telling me that no one had ever bothered to tell the stories of the people in the camps and, except for a few copies of “Farewell to Manzanar”, on VHS for teachers, the subject hadn’t been really exposed in film. He’s worked on this film for SIX years and the way he spoke of it … Man, he’s just so proud of his work!!
Anyway, he gave me his card and a few postcards and asked me to spread the word and check out the movie’s website www.fearnotrout.com
I’m just excited to learn more about that part of American history! Please support the film! It starts August 31, 2012 at the AMC South Bay 16