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.
“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).
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.