During World War Two, over 110,000 Japanese Americans were incarcerated in U.S. concentration camps solely on the basis of their race. RESISTANCE AT TULE LAKE, a feature-length documentary currently in production, tells the long-suppressed story of Japanese American incarcerees who were branded as “disloyals” by the government and stigmatized for decades within their own community, because of their responses to an ill-conceived "loyalty questionnaire." These 12,000 “No-Nos” were packed into the heavily militarized Tule Lake Segregation Center, where their resistance to the pervasive injustices of detention soon escalated into explosive confrontations with the camp administration and U.S. military. Through intimate interviews and graphically enhanced archival visuals, this documentary will convey the emotions, values and family bonds that compelled incarcerees to resist, to protest their incarceration, and to salvage a livable future for themselves and their families.
Though general awareness of the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans is greater than it once was, the story of Tule Lake Segregation Center is still very little known. Departing from a dominant narrative of Japanese Americans who peacefully submitted to confinement, the story of Tule Lake unravels the oppressive idea of wartime “loyalty” and brings to light important questions about nationality and citizenship.
RESISTANCE AT TULE LAKE has the full approval and cooperation of the Tule Lake Committee and the support of the Densho collection. For more information and updates, "like" our Facebook page: facebook.com/ResistanceAtTuleLake
Resistance at Tule Lake, a project of Life or Liberty (lifeorliberty.org), is a feature documentary in production. Funding has been provided by the Japanese American Confinement Sites grant program of the National Parks Service, and the Puffin Foundation. For more information: resistanceattulelake.com