The Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress and the Asian American Vietnam Veterans Organization will screen the documentary, “Lt. Watada” on June 19 at the David Henry Hwang Theatre at 7 p.m. Bob Watada and Rosa Sakanishi, Ehren Watada’s father and stepmother as well as his mother, Carolyn Ho will attend the screening along with filmmaker Freida Lee Mock.
“Lt. Watada” is an in-depth look at the case of Lt. Ehren Watada, the first commissioned officer to refuse to deploy to Iraq on the grounds that the war was illegal and immoral. In June 2006, Lt. Watada refused the order to deploy to Iraq. He was charged with “missing a movement” and “conduct unbecoming an officer,” and faced up to eight years in prison and a dishonorable discharge.
“Lt. Watada” charts Watada’s emergence as a public speaker and activist and chronicles the tense days of his court martial trial in February 2007 which ended in a mistrial. This thoughtful and incisive documentary is both an inspirational portrait of one man’s act of conscience and a powerful investigation into questions that threaten to unravel the government’s justification for the Iraq war.
Mock is an Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, a director, writer and producer. These include the Oscar winner “Maya Lin: A Strong Vision,” a feature film about the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
General admission for the screening is $15/ Seniors and Students: $10. The VIP ticket for $100 (tax-deductible) includes admission, reserved seating and a special pre-release copy of the “Lt. Watada” DVD signed by the filmmaker Freida Mock and the Watada Family. To order tickets: visit NCRR-LA.org. For more information, call (213) 284-0336.