Distribution Rollout in 2018




“Never, Never talk about camp.”

These were the words that served as an unspoken agreement between mothers and fathers in an effort to protect their children from the pain they experienced. In 1942, in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor, more than 120,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly relocated to ten concentration camps across the country. Left to fend for themselves behind barbed wire and guard towers, the real trauma of incarceration did not truly begin until after they were released.

For many, the shame and stigma of being a patriotic American stripped of one’s citizenship was too much to bear. Even to this day, many Japanese Americans refuse to talk about the experience of being labeled “the face of the enemy.” The desire of parents and grandparents to forget often coincided with a yearning to live normal American lives—to be accepted back into the society that had once rejected them. So they buried the trauma of their memories, all for the sake of their children.

For the Sake of the Children is a feature-length film that for the first time shares the stories and reveals the emotional and painful impact of the internment on the generations that followed the largest incarceration of American citizens in our history.

Memories that for some still linger and haunt. Memories for others that serve as a call to action to ensure that we as a nation will never repeat the mistakes of the past.

Click here to meet the characters and watch them tell their stories in 2-minute videos.

For the Sake of the Children is being produced by Marlene Shigekawa and Joe Fox and James Nubile of Fly on the Wall Productions in cooperation with the Poston Community Alliance. A third generation descendant of the internment, Marlene is working passionately and urgently to uncover pieces of her own history that were never revealed to her as a child. Joe and Jay, producers of the award-winning film Passing Poston (2008), are eager to use their creative expertise and extensive experience reporting on social justice issues to ensure that these stories get told.

Funding for the film has been generously provided by the National Park Service’s Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poston Memorial Monument Committee, as well as individual donors.


February 19, 2017: Japanese American National Museum — Los Angeles
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which ordered the forced evacuation of 120,000 Japanese Americans, a special invitational screening will be held at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.

50 Screenings / 50 States
To mark the 75th anniversary of the largest incarceration in American History, our goal is to hold 50 screenings in 50 states.

For more information about upcoming screenings or to host a screening, please contact: [email protected]


Joe Fox
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