Community in Conflict

a documentary by filmmaker

Claudia Katayanagi

Saturday, November 19, 2022 1-4 p.m.

Program includes film premiere, dramatic reenactments and discussion panel

Saturday, November 19, 2022, from 1-4 p.m.
at the New Mexico History Museum Auditorium, Santa Fe

Twenty years ago, feelings of neglect and resentment boiled over when a group of historians, community leaders, and Japanese Americans worked to create a memorial acknowledging the internment camp that housed over 4500 men of Japanese ancestry 2 1/2 miles from the Santa Fe Plaza during World War II (WWII).

In A Community in Conflict, filmmaker Claudia Katayanagi addresses the fraught history of the attempts of some to memorialize the Santa Fe Camp and the opposition of others who felt it would insult the memory of WWII veterans. The film presents for the first time both sides of an issue that brought back painful memories of the Bataan Death March as well as the injustices of Japanese American incarceration.

The Santa Fe Internment Camp Marker was dedicated in 2002 on a windy hill in Ortiz Park, overlooking the former campsite, which is now the residential neighborhood of Casa Solana. JACL Players will dramatize stories from inside and outside the barbed wire of the Santa Fe camp, including childhood memories of a former mayor and the sons of two internment camp guards. Director Katayanagi will moderate a discussion with interviewees from her film and engage in a Q&A with the audience.

This program gives visitors to the traveling Smithsonian exhibit, Righting a Wrong, a chance to broaden their knowledge of Japanese American incarceration through the little known stories of the WWII Department of Justice camps of New Mexico (Santa Fe, Lordsburg, Fort Stanton, Old Raton Ranch). The history of Japanese incarceration has been recently added to the high school history curriculum standards by the New Mexico Public Education Department (NM PED).

The program is provided thanks to generous funding from the Japanese American Community Foundation of Oakland, California, and the New Mexico History Museum. Please see ticketing information below.

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Contact Shelley Takeuchi for more information.
Sponsored by the New Mexico Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League
and the New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe