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Still image from Topaz via Discover Nikkei.

Date produced: 1945

Filmmaker(s):

Dave Tatsuno

Duration:

00:48:00

Country of Production:

United States

Format:

8mm

Colour:

Kodachrome

Sound Notes:

Silent

Awards/Recognition:

National Film Registry, 1996

Description:

"Amateur film footage shot by Dave M. Tatsuno while he was interned at the Topaz War Relocation Center, the Japanese-American internment camp located in Delta, Utah. The footage dates from 1942-1945, the years that Tatsuno was interned in the camp." Archives West.

Resources:

See the film essay "Topaz" by Karen L. Ishizuka, via the Library of Congress.

“The Home Movie and the National Film Registry: The Story of Topaz,” by Karen L. Ishizuka and Patricia R. Zimmermann in Mining the Home Movie: Excavations in Histories and Memories (Ishizuka and Zimmermann, eds., University of California Press, 2008).

"Dave Tatsuno, 92; He Secretly Filmed Life in U.S. Internment Camp." Los Angeles Times, Feb. 16, 2006.

This film is a part of the Dave Tatsuno Collection held by the Japanese American National Museum. A copy of the film is also held by the University of Utah Marriott Library.

Locations:

  • Millard County, Utah (Filming)

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Repository:

Japanese American National Museum

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