Long Beach Homecoming for ‘Fishing Club’

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Yoshihiko Kai at Lake 3 of the Williamson Basin, 1944-45. (Photo courtesy of Danny Hashimoto)

LONG BEACH — It will be a homecoming of sorts for “The Manzanar Fishing Club,” its director, Cory Shiozaki, and writer, Richard Imamura, when it is shown on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. at the Long Beach Library Theater, 101 Pacific Ave.

Before the completion of the film, a trailer was first previewed at the Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center Festival.

“The Manzanar Fishing Club” is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the World War II internment of Japanese Americans from a unique human-interest perspective: through the eyes of a handful of courageous, die-hard anglers who defied armed guards and barbed wire to fish for the fabled trout of the lakes and streams of the Eastern Sierras.

The screening is being co-presented by the Long Beach Harbor Pioneer Project and the library. Admission is free (although donations are welcome) and the public is invited. Both Shiozaki and Imamura, as well as one of the interviewees, Bob Kobata, will also be on hand for discussion after the screening.

The film has been shown in theaters throughout Southern California, but this event is special to the Long Beach community since surviving internees and their descendants will be honored. Many of the Pioneer Project’s elderly members and Long Beach residents who resided on Terminal Island before the war were interned at Manzanar.

A reception hosted by the Pioneer Project, with the participation of the LBJCC, will be held following the screening. For Main Library parking and information about the program, call the library at (562) 570-7500, or visit  www.lbpl.org.

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  1. With the exception of a screening on the Opening Day of the West Coast Film Festival last weekend in San Juan Capistrano, “The Manzanar Fishing Club” hasn’t been shown in Southern California since early June. Ten weeks in Honolulu just concluded in Honolulu last week, with special screenings in Sacramento, Washington, DC and New York sprinkled in.

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