Narrative | Short | 17 min 29 sec
February 1942. President Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066, which authorizes the forced “relocation” of 120,000 ethnic Japanese from their homes and into incarceration camps throughout the U.S.
Koji Oshima is the proud owner of a small corner grocery store, but he must now abandon everything and report to an assembly center. His belongings, his business – everything must be sold or left behind, except what he can carry in one large duffel bag.
Up against a wall, Koji receives only one low-ball offer for his store, which he has no choice but to accept. The lone bright spot during this turmoil is the friendship Koji develops with a precocious nine-year-old girl. On the day of his departure, however, Koji is saddened to learn that even this friendship has been tainted by the larger forces of fear and wartime hysteria.
About the Author
Erika Street is a producer and director of documentaries, short films, radio programs, and educational videos. Erika’s directorial debut, The Closure Myth, was broadcast nationally on LinkTV and internationally on AlJazeera English. Her short fiction film Inside took the Honorable Mention prize at the Speechless Film Festival and was nominated for a Maverick Movie Award for Best Picture. Erika has acted as location producer for the NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw; is a former winner of the CINE 5 on 5 for 5 pitch session; and has acted as a production assistant and soundperson for films by the Academy Award nominated Nomadic Pictures, the Today Show, National Geographic, Discovery Canada and NBC’s Life Moments.
WritersEugene Park | Erika Street
ProducersEugene Park | Jason Matsumoto
Principal CastKylie Sullivan | Joe Takehara | Jules Reid
Thursday, Feb 23, 2017
SIUC Student Center
Green Bay Film Festival | Green Bay, WI | March 5, 2017
Green Bay Film Society | Green Bay, WI | March 1, 2017
Chicago Cultural Center | Chicago, IL | December 2, 2016 | Chicago Premiere
Chicago History Museum | Chicago, IL | February 19, 2017
Films of Remembrance / Nichi Bei Foundation | San Francisco, CA | February 25, 2017
Seattle Asian American Film Festival | Seattle, WA | February 26, 2017
Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre | Vancouver, Canada | January 15, 2017
FilmFest52 | Bethel, CT | January 18, 2017
Smithsonian - National Museum of American History | Washignton, DC | May 6, 2017 | Washington, DC Premiere
Big Muddy Film Festival | Carbondale, IL, United States
Green Mountain Film Festival | Montpelier, VT, United States
Consulate-General of Japan | Chicago, IL, United States | February 25, 2017
New Haven International Film Festival | New Haven, United States | May 10, 2017
Chicago Feminist Film Festival | Chicago, IL, United States | March 3, 2017
Sioux City International Film Festival | Sioux City, United States | February 26, 2017
Riverside International Film Festival | Riverside, CA, United States | April 21, 2017
DisOrient Asian American Film Festival | Eugene, OR, United States | April 21, 2017
Monadnock International Film Festival | Keene, NH, United States | April 21, 2017