The Third Annual Kansas City Japanese Film Festival, co-sponsored by KCAI, takes place Feb. 16 and 17, with films to be shown in the Atkins Auditorium at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. In addition to KCAI, co-sponsors include Heartland JET Alumni Association, the Consulate General of Japan at Chicago, the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations and the Heart of America Japan-America Society.
The event is a benefit to help communities in the Tohoku region of Japan continue rebuilding two years after a devastating earthquake and tsunami. Donations will be accepted in lieu of an admission fee.
The schedule for Feb. 17:
12:30 p.m. "442" (97 minutes)
2:30 p.m. "MIS" (100 minutes)
About today's program: "Just 71 years ago the United States government forced its own citizens into internment camps. These documentaries are the stories of those American families, some of whom served the U.S. as soldiers in both the European and Pacific fronts. Americans of note like actor George Takei, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, Medal of Honor recipient and the second-longest serving U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, local artist and University of Kansas Distinguished Professor of Art Emeritus Roger Shimomura, and artist Tsutomo “Jimmy” Mirikitani spent the war years in camps or fighting for the U.S. while their own families had their basic rights as citizens stripped from them. Please join us as we learn more about this chapter in American history and the journey of these Americans toward forgiveness, justice, and a sense of peace."
Contact: Jan Kennedy, Ph.D., assistant professor, KCAI School of Liberal Arts, email@example.com