For the Sake of the Children
Location: Redstone Theater
Presented in collaboration with The Noguchi Museum
Dirs. Joe Fox, Marlene Shigekawa. 2017, 65 mins. Digital projection. Marking the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, the wartime directive that authorized the internment of Japanese citizens and American citizens of Japanese heritage, Museum of the Moving Image and The Noguchi Museum present For the Sake of the Children. This documentary, co-directed and -produced by Joe Fox and Marlene Shigekawa, explores the legacy of the Japanese American incarceration, including its impact—informed by a complex interplay of culture, racial prejudice, history, and intergenerational differences—on current generations, who are descendants of those imprisoned.
For the Sake of the Children follows the journeys of a variety of Japanese Americans from different generations who are searching for their identity as Americans with a unique Japanese American heritage. The individuals profiled in this film include artists, politicians, preservationists, journalists, activists, and young students. Many of their stories have never been told.
For the Sake of the Children is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Self-Interned, 1942: Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center, on view at The Noguchi Museum through January 7, 2018. Both the exhibition and film focus on the stories of individuals and the impact of the internment camps on their evolving identities. Isamu Noguchi entered Poston War Relocation Center voluntarily, hoping to use art and design to have a positive impact on the forcibly displaced Japanese American community. For the Sake of the Children is a multigenerational story of survival, struggle, and transcendence beginning with mothers who raised children in internment camps.
The post-film discussion with the filmmakers will be moderated by Shannon Murphy, Head of Education at The Noguchi Museum.
Free tickets for the screening of For the Sake of the Children are included with admission to the Museum of the Moving Image ($15 adults / $11 seniors and students / $7 children 3–17 / free for Museum members). Noguchi Museum Members receive a 20% discount with promotional code. Reserve your ticket and purchase advance Museum admission online. (Members may contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions regarding online reservations.)
The exhibition Self-Interned, 1942: Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center and its related public and educational programs are supported by the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation.