During WW2, Nancy Hatsumi Okura was involuntarily removed from her home on the west coast and detained by the Government of Canada. Because of her ancestry, her rights as a Canadian citizen were denied. Chris Hope is Nancy’s grandson. Chris is curious about the unusual photos in his family photo albums from the WW2 era. Following Nancy's 80th birthday, he offers to take her on a trip back to the locations of her internment if she agrees to discuss her wartime experiences for the first time.
“A beautifully crafted documentary that never once loses its innate humanity whilst portraying the rampant inhumanity that surrounded these hapless citizens of Canada. Fierce, loving, strong, poetic.” - Deepa Mehta, Academy Award® nominated director of Midnight’s Children
“An extraordinary and beautiful film … exhaustively and passionately researched, both at the level of the filmmaker’s personal history and as an investigation into our national consciousness.”- Atom Egoyan, Academy Award® nominated director of The Devil's Knot
"A family portrait that brings the heartrending story of wartime Japanese Canadian removal from the margins of history into our hearts." - Greg Robinson, Author of A Tragedy of Democracy: Japanese Confinement in North America
- English & Japanese Menu
- Gala Introduction
- Nancy's thoughts on telling her story
- Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre Promo