Searchlight Serenade: Big Bands in the
WWII Japanese American Incarceration Camps

Thurs., July 24, 9:00 pm

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More than 120,000 Japanese Americans were forced to live in incarceration camps during World War II. As people endeavored to create a sense of normalcy during their incarceration, many detainees still enjoyed the popular music of the day ― swing. This film tells the stories of 9 detainees ― trumpet players, saxophonists, singers ― who created a soulful escape for themselves and their fellow prisoners. Their accounts are accompanied by an evocative animation created from woodcuts and drawings.

 




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