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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
Top Customer Reviews
I would highly recommend this film for anyone but, in particular, I would really encourage teachers to screen it for their students!
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.
Most recent customer reviews
'Hatsumi' is an eye-opener to anyone, especially Canadians, who wishes to be enlightened by the maimed voices of the innocents caught in the crossfire and atrocity of war. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Antolin N. Asor
Hatsumi is a high quality, well thought-out documentary; a must see both for those familiar with the Japanese-Canadian internment and those with little knowledge of it. Read morePublished on April 9 2013 by Cece Williams
This is a sad and true account of Canadian history that is seldom told and not widely known. This video shows how families were torn apart and have gone on to live their lives... Read morePublished on April 8 2013 by zoto
A thoroughly enjoyable film/documentary, a touching personal story narrated in an easy going manner. Lots of old film footage, which adds realism to the story. EnjoyPublished on Jan. 31 2013 by RA
This documentary puts a human face on an often overlooked part of Canada's past. It is compelling and insightful as Chris Hope weaves together family history with world events. Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2013 by J. Saper