Pilgrimage (Short)

Director: Tadashi Nakamura
Total Running Time: 22 minutes
Release Date: 2006
Website: http://tadashinakamura.com/Tadashi_Nakamura/Pilgrimage.html

Pilgrimage tells the inspiring story of how an abandoned WWII concentration camp for Japanese Americans has been transformed into a symbol of retrospection and solidarity for people of all ages, races and nationalities in our post 9/11 world. With a hip music track, never-before-seen archival footage and a story-telling style that features young and old, Pilgrimage reveals how the Japanese American community reclaimed a national experience that had almost been deleted from public understanding. Pilgrimage shows how the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage now has new meaning for diverse generations who realize that when the US government herded thousands of innocent Americans into what the government itself called concentration camps, it was failure of democracy that would affect all Americans.

Select Awards
2008 Sundance Film Festival – Official Selection
2008 Show Off Your Shorts Film Festival – Best Director
2008 Show Off Your Shorts Film Festival – Best Documentary
2008 Show Off Your Shorts Film Festival – Best Editor
2008 FirstGlance Film Festival – Best Historical Short Film
2007 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival – New Directors / New Visions Award
2007 Sacramento Film & Music Festival – Best Documentary Short Jury Prize
2007 Asian Film Festival of Dallas – Best Documentary Short
2007 Honolulu International Film Festival – Best Student Film