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"Witness: The Legacy of Heart Mountain" Documentary Wins Three Emmy Awards!
The internment of Japanese Americans during WWII is a profound chapter in American history that many have never heard about.
After Pearl Harbor was bombed, many Japanese Americans from Los Angeles and in states along the Pacific Coast were sent to 10 relocation camps. In addition to being denied due process, most lost their homes and property.
Their only crime was being Japanese American and co-producers ABC7 Eyewitness News Anchor David Ono and Jeff MacIntyre are telling this story through their documentary, "Witness - The Legacy of Heart Mountain".
Through the largest private collection of over 2,000 photographs taken at Heart Mountain and interviews with local Southern California internees and descendants such as Judge Lance Ito and Brian Kito of Fugetsu-Do Confectionary and a visit to the actual camp site, this documentary brings a powerful message of what can happen when civil liberties are traded for fear and discrimination.
On July 26, 2014, during the 66th Annual Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards, "Witness" was awarded three Emmy Awards. David Ono won for Outstanding Writer - Programming and Jeff MacIntyre for Outstanding Editor - Programming and Outstanding Videographer - Single Camera Programming. Watch Jeff's acceptance speech.
"Witness" has received a Radio Television Digital News Association's (RTDNA) Edward R. Murrow Award and the RTDNA's National Unity Award which honors outstanding achievements in the coverage of cultural diversity in the communities they serve.
To further educate the public on this important issue, the pair has created a website to share information on what happened in Heart Mountain through newly discovered documents from the camp and WRA, as well as various organizations such as the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, the Japanese American National Museum, and Washington State University.
More info: www.HeartMountainFilm.com.
The show has received great reviews from screenings in Los Angeles, Portland, Washington DC and in Wyoming and has aired on KABC-TV Los Angeles and KGO-TV in San Francisco.
The pair is looking forward to screening this documentary throughout the U.S. to shine light on one of the darkest chapters in American history in hopes this tragedy never happens again.