‘Passing Down the Legacy’ Sneak Preview Available

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Marissa Kitazawa

SAN FRANCISCO — The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) announced that a new video, “Bridging Communities, Passing Down the Legacy,” will be released this month.

The video documents the Bridging Communities Program conducted in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle, which brought Asian American and American Muslim high school students together to learn with and from one another.

The video, which was directed and produced by Marissa Kitazawa and Alex Margolin, takes viewers to Manzanar, Tule Lake and Minidoka and captures some of the highlights and lessons experienced by the students as they walked the grounds where former incarcerees were once confined.

The goal of the Bridging Communities Program is to engage youth in activities that support community preservation and development and to participate in-service learning projects coordinated with former confinement sites. The Bridging Communities Program and video are funded through a grant from the National Park Service, Preservation of Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program.

For a preview of “Passing Down the Legacy,” go to http://vimeo.com/30837824.

Kitazawa is a program associate for cultural and community programs in the JACL Pacific Southwest District and was contracted by National JACL to document the program.

Margolin, contracted by National JACL to coordinate the Bridging Communities Program, was the JACL program associate for education and interpretation programs. She provided oversight of the Bridging Communtiies Program and three JACL district program interns: Yuka Ogino of the Pacific Southwest District, Jessica Kyo of the Northern California-Western Nevada-Pacific District, and Mackenzie Walker of the Pacific Northwest District.

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