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The Revolutionary - An American in Mao’s Cultural Revolution
Sidney Rittenberg arrived in China as a GI Chinese language expert at the end of World War II. Discharged there, he joined the Chinese Communist Party, and was an active participant in the Chinese communist revolution and its aftermath. An…
Home from the Eastern Sea - The Story of Asian Immigration to America
This is the story of the immigration of Chinese, Japanese, and Filipinos to America. The documentary explores the history of each nationality through the personal stories of representative families. The film begins with the story of the Yee family of…
Island Roots - A Filipino-American Story
When the Filipino pioneers of the 1920's and 30's settled on Bainbridge Island, Washington they were hired by Japanese-American landowners to tend their renowned strawberry farms. The bombing of Pearl Harbor turned this relationship upside down when the Japanese Americans…
East of Occidental - The History of Seattle’s Chinatown
This eye-opening documentary tells the story of the inhabitants of Seattle's International District, a unique neighborhood where Chinese, Japanese and Filipino Americans have come together as a political and social force. Archival photographs, oral interviews and period music link the…
Fumiko Hayashida: The Woman Behind the Symbol -  An Iconic Photo of a Japanese Internee
In February 1942, two months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the U.S. government issued Executive Order 9066 authorizing the relocation of 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast in order to incarcerate them in isolated and…
Honor and Sacrifice - A Japanese-American War Hero's Family During WWII
Honor and Sacrifice tells the complex story of a Japanese immigrant family ripped apart by WWII. The Matsumoto family included five sons; two who fought for the Americans and three who fought for the Japanese. The eldest, Hiroshi (Roy), became…
My Friends Behind Barbed Wire
In the spring of 1942, Japanese Americans in Seattle were uprooted from their homes and incarcerated first at "Camp Harmony" at the Western Washington Fairgrounds in Puyallup and then in Minidoka, Idaho. As a young Caucasian child, and son of…
Finding Thea - A Norwegian Immigrant’s Tale
In 1889, the year Washington achieved statehood, Norwegian immigrant Thea Christiansen Foss arrived in Tacoma on the newly opened Northern Pacific Railroad. With transportation limited to train, horse-drawn buggies and boats, Thea quickly recognized a business opportunity in the growing…
Witness to Revolution - The Story of Anna Louise Strong 
Witness to Revolution portrays author and labor activist Anna Louise Strong (1885-1970) who, as a partisan reporter, covered the major political revolutions of the 20th century - Russia, Spain and China. The daughter of a Nebraska minister, Anna Louise Strong…
Memories of a Mill Town
This short historical documentary depicts the rise and fall of the largest sawmill in the world and how its legacy affects Bainbridge Island, Washington. At the turn of the 20th century, Port Blakely and its sawmill were better known than…
Passing the Torch - The Story of Fort Lewis
The compelling story of this military post's development from 1916 to 1939 provides insights on the Army's tumultuous journey from an organization dependent on horses and mules to a modern mechanized force prepared to take on the enormous challenges of…