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Resistance at Tule Lake

Directed by Konrad Aderer

Special Presentations / USA / 2017 / Documentary / 81 mins / English / San Francisco Premiere

Resistance at Tule Lake

Roxie Theater
March 11, 2017 12:10 pm At Rush


A minority group is unjustly persecuted amidst racially-charged scapegoating by politicians. That’s the eerily relevant backdrop for RESISTANCE AT TULE LAKE, Konrad Aderer’s examination of the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans, which couldn’t come at a more important moment. Aderer, who documented the arrest and detainment of a Palestinian activist in ENEMY ALIEN (2011), focuses on Tule Lake, the notorious camp where Japanese Americans who were labeled “disloyal” were held. Aderer’s emotional, wrenching interviews with the “internees” -— some of whom were deported to Japan because of answers to “loyalty” questionnaires — make clear the consequences of race, wartime hysteria and political expediency. RESISTANCE AT TULE LAKE dispels the myth of a passive Japanese American population in the camps, while also showing the torture and other abuse those resisting their treatment faced. The wartime footage cuts to a contemporary Tule Lake pilgrimage by the descendants of internees, an effort, like the film, to not forget and urge others to defend those today who may suffer the same fate.

— Tomio Geron

Co-presented by: Fred T. Korematsu Institute, Human Rights Campaign, Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, Nichi Bei Foundation


Writer: Konrad Aderer
Producer: Konrad Aderer, Michelle Chen
Cinematographer: Konrad Aderer
Editor: Konrad Aderer, Ruth Schell
Composer: Miles Jay
Associate Producer: Natalie Shmuel

Preceded By

  1. Yonsei Eyes

    Jon Osaki / Shorts / USA / 22 mins
    YONSEI EYES is a film about two fourth generation Japanese Americans who embark on a pilgrimage to the site of the Tule Lake Segregation Center.

    Precedes: Resistance at Tule Lake

Dates & Times

Resistance at Tule Lake

Roxie Theater
March 11, 2017 12:10 pm At Rush