JAHSSC to Debut ‘A Flicker in Eternity’ in Torrance

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TORRANCE — “A Flicker in Eternity” will have its South Bay premiere on Saturday, June 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, 3301 Torrance Blvd., Torrance.

The event is co-sponsored by the Japanese American Historical Society of Southern California and the Torrance Public Library.

“A Flicker in Eternity” is a documentary that tells the true story of Stanley Hayami, a talented young teenager caught between his dream of becoming an artist and his duty to his country. Based on his diary and letters archived at the Japanese American National Museum, this coming-of-age tale chronicles Hayami’s life in an internment camp and as a soldier who was part of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

The film captures this young man’s humor and imagination through endearing cartoons and witty observations that provide a first-hand look at the indignity of incarceration and the tragedy of war.

This 26-minute film, produced by Ann Kaneko and Sharon Yamato, received the award for best documentary short at the Asians on Film Festival and at DisOrient Film Festival in Eugene, Ore. The story was written by Joanne Oppenheim and Yamato, with voiceovers by actors Aaron Yoo (Stanley) and Amy Hill (older sister Sach).

Michi Weglyn

Yamato’s documentary “Out of Infamy: Michi Nishiura Weglyn” will also be shown. Weglyn's landmark 1976 book, “Years of Infamy: The Untold Story of America's Concentration Camps,” jump-started the movement to obtain redress for Japanese Americans who had been forcibly removed from their homes and businesses during World War II and sent to live behind barbed wire. The film gives an intimate look at the life of Weglyn, who went from a successful career in show business to community activism.

Because of limited seating, reservations are required. Calls must be made to library staff at (310) 618-5945 by June 5.  All names will be required, not the number of people (e.g. not “John Smith and two people” but “John, Mary and Scott Smith”). Messages left on voicemail must have a contact phone number to have reservations confirmed. On the day of the program, reserved seats must be claimed no later than 12:45 p.m.; otherwise, those seats will be given away to any stand-bys.

For questions only (no reservations), call Iku Kiriyama at (310) 326-0608.

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  1. A “double feature” sponsored by the Japanese American Historical Society of Southern California. “A Flicker in Eternity” by Anne Kaneko and Sharon Yamato, a documentary, based on archived material at JANM, about the life of Stanley Hayami who died in Europe during WWII. The story is told through his diary and letters. “Out of Infamy: Michi Nishiura Weglyn,” produced by filmmaker Sharon Yamato, is a portrait of the civil rights activist whose dynamic personality evolved—via incarceration during World War II in the Gila River, Arizona camp—from California-born farm girl to New York City sophisticate to the Rosa Parks of Japanese Americans. Due to limited seating, reservations are required: (Torrance library)310-618-5959 and give complete names of everyone requesting, with a contact phone number in case seats are taken.