Washington, D.C. — “Honorable Journey” debuted in the “shorts” section of the annual Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. The 16-minute documentary film, produced by AARP, charts the 70-year struggle of Japanese-Americans who came of age during World War II.
“The Japanese-Americans of the Greatest Generation have so much to teach us about service, sacrifice and dedication to American ideals,” said director Stephen Menick, who was present at the screening and participated in a talk-back session with the audience after the film. “I have been honored to meet some of the last of these heroic Americans.”
Narrated by George Takei, “Honorable Journey” features conflicts of loyalty to tradition, family and country, played out against the backdrop of a world war. Eyewitnesses and descendants recount a lifelong journey from barbed wire, battlefields and jail cells to vindication and the highest honors in the land. As the late World War II veteran U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye (HI) says in the film, “That’s one thing about democracy. You must be patient.”
“Honorable Journey” also features former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta; longtime veterans advocate Terry Shima; veteran and cell biologist Susumu Ito and his grandson, Justin Ito-Adler; lawyer Dale Minami, who represented civil rights activist Fred Korematsu; and Lane Hirabayashi, nephew of Gordon Hirabayashi, the last surviving member of the trio of men convicted of violating the federal order.
“AARP’s mission has always been to ensure that the opportunity to pursue the American Dream remains accessible for every American and every generation,” said Ron Mori, AARP Manager for Multicultural Markets and Engagement. “Honorable Journey is a reflection of our mission and the commitment we have to continue to play a positive, vital role in advocating on behalf of Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander descent, particularly those age 50+.”
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