Rabbit in the Moon
Director/cinematographer Omori will speak about her influences, from the Maysles brothers to Errol Morris to Chris Marker.
Editor Pat Jackson will join Emiko Omori after the screening to discuss the making of Rabbit in the Moon.
There are two stories about the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. The first, the official story, tells of compliant citizens carted off to evacuation camps, rising above hardship and disbelief to prove their unswerving loyalty to the country. The second story, one only whispered, tells of internees responding not as supine citizens, but as disillusioned and angry individuals. Emiko Omori’s grippingly poetic documentary breaks with authorized history, bringing to first light the courageous acts of protest and even rebellion that marked the internment. Meticulous research and charged testimony from former internees, including Omori’s sister, describe the camps at Manzanar, Heart Mountain, Poston, and Tule Lake, and the political rifts created in the incarcerated community, most visibly the conflicts between the generations of nisei and issei. Beautifully rendered, Rabbit in the Moon bravely lifts the gag that once muted a culture’s voice of anger.