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Visiting Manzanar (2019) | Eiko + Koma

Visiting Manzanar (2019)

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On April 30, 2019, Eiko and Alexis Moh, one of Eiko's collaborators in her Duet Project, visited the site of the Manzanar Historical Site. Manzanar was one of ten American internment camps where over 110,000 Japanese Americans were incarcerated during the World War II. At the peak (in September 1942), 10,046 Japanese Americans were forced to live in Manzanar.

This video was shot two days after Manzanar Pilgrimage commemorated its 50th anniversary on site.

After decades of advocacy, the Civil Liberties Act was signed by President Reagan in 1988, offering a formal apology and compensation to the surviving victims.

Usually Alexis shoots Eiko's performance, but in this video Alexis and Eiko share stories inspired by their visit. Directed by Eiko Otake. Edited by Eiko Otake with Alexis Moh. Camera by Marjorie Hunt. This video was one of several video works created by this group of three artists during the April 2019 trip, which was funded by UCLA CAP.