The Ito Sisters: An American Story

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Saturday June 16

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2:00 PM  –  4:00 PM

This engaging documentary from director Antonia Grace Glenn focuses on the experiences of Issei and Nisei women whose voices have largely been excluded from American history. At the heart of the film are three Nisei sisters: Natsuye (Nancy), Haruye (Lillian), and Hideko (Hedy), who were born on a farm in the Sacramento River Delta and whose lives were directly impacted by significant historical events such as the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, the Great Depression, and World War II. Their narratives are set against the backdrop of the anti-Japanese movement in California, which culminated in the forced evacuation and incarceration of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast. Interviewed in their 80s and 90s, the three sisters are colorful and memorable characters, recalling stories of humor, hardship, and heartbreak. The screening will be followed by a discussion between the filmmaker and Michael Omi, associate professor of Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

This program is free for Museum members and included with general admission for non-members. Please purchase admission at the front desk at the main building prior to the event. RSVPs are strongly encouraged using this online form as reserved guests will be given priority entry.

Due to high demand for this program, we have arranged for an overflow space adjacent to the Tateuchi Democracy Forum and are now accepting additional RSVPs.

NOTE: Check-in and seating for the program will begin a half hour before the show, at 1:30 p.m. At 1:45 p.m., all remaining seating in the Forum will be first come, first served, regardless of any RSVPs. Once Forum seating is filled, an overflow seating will be opened up in an adjacent space with a live-feed of the audio and video of the program.