Japanese-Canadian Documentaries at the UBCO Library

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UBCO Library Collection

Arranged from newest releases to older items.


Internment Camp (DVD) 2006

A short documentary film that explores the internment of Japanese-Canadians in BC in 1942, utilizing rare archival film footage of extant building and sides used during the internment, as well as the narration of three internment survivors.


Obachan's Garden (VHS) 2001

A filmaker explores the layers of her grandmother's life, from Hiroshima to relocation during WWII, culminating in an emotional reunion with a long-lost daughter.


Shepherd's Pie and Sushi (VHS) 1996

An exploration of personal and cultural identity as told through the lens of Japanese-Celtic-Canadian, Mieko Ouchi.


Momiji: Japanese Maple (VHS) 1994

A personal documentarty tracing three generations of a Japanese-Canadian family. Topics include: assimilation, racism, intergenerational ties, rediscovery of and pride in cultural heritage.


Minoru: Memory of Exile (VHS) 1992

Like thousands of Japanese-Canadiains, nine year old, Minoru and his family were branded as enemies of Canada, forced from their home, dispatched to internment camps in the interior of BC, and finally deported to Japan. In this film, memories of the father are interspersed with the voice of the son, weaving a tale of suffering and survival, of a birthright lost and recovered.


The Pool: Reflections of the Japanese-Canadian Internment (VHS) 1992

Using archival footage, stills recollections and reenactments, this film explores the the internment of Japanese-Canadians during


Enemy Alien (VHS) 1975

This film examines the Canadian government's legistlation of racism through the War Measures Act which resulted in tthe internment of Japanese-Canadians during World War II


Katei Seikatsu: Japanese Family Life (VHS) 1975

This film explores the Japanese-Canadian experience within British Columbia and Alberta from the time of the first immigration (1877) until “present” day.