CINECULTURE: American Pastime

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Denise Blum

Jan 15, 2008, 6:31:17 PM1/15/08
Cineculture Club presents:
American Pastime (2007)
Friday, January 18 @ 5:15PM
McLane 121 @ Fresno State
Free Admission

American Pastime (2007)
Director: Desmond Nakano. Unrated. 106 min. English.
"American Pastime" uses the iconic sport of baseball (and to a lesser extent, jazz) to illustrate both the frustration and humiliation experienced by Japanese Americans during their internment in World War II, as well as an expression of their patriotism and heroism. Set at Topaz Relocation Center near Abraham, Utah, the film focuses on two families on opposite sides of the fence dealing with the sacrifices and prejudices triggered by the war effort.
                                                         -Kevin Crust, LA Times

Post-screening discussant: Kerry Yo Nakagawa (project director for the non-profit Nisei Baseball Research Project (NBRP), curator of the Diamonds in the Rough: Japanese Americans in Baseball exhibition which was displayed at the National Museum in the summer of 2000, and an independent producer/filmmaker, actor, researcher, and writer)

Cineculture Club promotes cultural awareness through film and post-screening discussion.

President: Roxanne Villaluz
 Advisor: Denise Blum
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