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Hatsumi


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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Chris Hope
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Alliance Films
  • Release Date: Nov. 27 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009NY7QEM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,381 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T.A on Nov. 8 2012
This film has been screened twice in a University class that I teach and I can't say enough about how incredible and important it is. It's always surprising to see how few of our students have learned about the Japanese internment in Canada during World War Two and this film not only introduces them to an essential piece of Canadian history but it does so in a way that is deeply touching. Chris Hope doesn't just explore the facts about internment but delves into Canada's complex (and often hidden)history of racism and discrimination. Politically this film makes a huge impact but it's Hope's sensitivity and insight that really leave a mark and capture the humanity in such an inhumane reality.

I would highly recommend this film for anyone but, in particular, I would really encourage teachers to screen it for their students!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By hana on Nov. 7 2012
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An absolute must-see for anyone interested in Canadian history, this is a beautiful and touching film. I watched it with my daughter (12) and it opened her eyes up to this important piece of Canadian history which is not widely known. Chris Hope's narration and his grandmother's experience add a personal touch and make for a fascinating film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Austen on March 29 2013
I've learned about the internment a few times throughout school. Seeing this documentary has deepened my understanding of the events.

The story is made in a very personal fashion. It starts around a family gathering for a grandmother's birthday. There is an open subjectivity to the filmmaker's approach which creates for the viewer a sense of honesty in the accounts. The historic and photographic content, which is of high quality and relevance, greatly enhances feelings of empathy. The music was suitable for dramatic effect and, for the most part, left space for ambience. There were interesting, surprising and horrifying factual details about the internment which I was thankful to learn (a couple of animated maps showing the separation of families, movement to the camps, migration to Ontario and the return to Japan would have helped). The doc's most significant quality is the portrayal of the beliefs held by these Canadians before, during and after internment.

Personally, this film is a touching reminder that gratitude and happiness are inseparable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michel on March 28 2013
This is a true story of the Canadian internment of Canadians of Japanese ancestry during WWII. It is also the moving personal story of a grandson's journey with his grandmother back through a history veiled by the Japanese philosophy of shi kata ga nai ("it can't be helped")and by Canadian mythology. This is a must see film on many fronts: histories, relationships, forgetting, remembering, pain, survival and most of all dignity and resilience. Chris Hope has crafted an uplifting film of great sensitivity that will stay with you. This is a terrific movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LeahLime on March 28 2013
A very moving documentary - extremely well done! Highly recommend, as a grandmother myself. Touches on themes of inter-generational connections within families, cultural diversity and how very important it is for us to learn about one another so that we can work together and co-exist peacefully. Watching the movie was an emotional experience - in the best possible way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Friend of Molly on March 20 2013
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Hatsumi is a heartwarming and enlightening experience that opens a window on a part of Canadian history that has been kept hidden for far too long. The narrator's love and respect for his grandmother along with her courage and resilience in the face of great injustice alone would be worth it; but add in humour, heartache and terrific storytelling and you've got a must-see film. Did I mention that this is also a 'road trip' movie? A film for all ages that will leave viewers wanting to share this experience with their loved ones. I have already recommended it to friends and colleagues especially those who are teachers and professors.
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