Manzanar, Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust

5/25/2022; 48 minutes

Filmmaker Ann Kaneko spoke with moderator Kelsey Moore about the process of directing and editing her documentary, Manzanar, Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust, which depicts an alliance between former Japanese American WWII prisoners, Native Americans, and environmentalists to defend their sources of water. Kaneko describes the decisions behind the structure of the film, as well as its focus on a certain place, which helped to depict the issue of water in relation with different communities. She also discussed the notable use of sound and music in the film, which worked to solidify the characterization of Manzanar, as well as the harshness of its situation. Recorded on 04/07/2022. (#38039)

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