Minidoka: An American Concentration Camp
tells the story of Japanese Americans, most of them American citizens, who were forcibly removed from their Pacific Northwest homes during Word War II. They were held in squalid conditions in temporary detention centers, and then put on trains to a concentration camp in the desert of southern Idaho. Innocent of any crime, many of them would remain imprisoned at Minidoka for over three years.
In the compelling voices of survivors of the camp, the film explores the unconstitutional suspension of the civil rights of these Americans and the long-lasting impact of the incarceration on their community. Minidoka examines what happnes when a group of Americans are imprisoned solely on the basis of race, and examines the relevance of this story today. To learn more, visit www.nps.gov/miin
Features: 30 minutes. 2019. Spanish and Japanese subtitles.