Minidoka

Jan. 30, 2019  :  With Blue Chalk Media
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About the Project

Inspired by President Trump’s immigration policies, starting with his attempt to ban Muslims from entering the country and continuing with the treatment of asylum seekers crossing the nation’s southern border. Blue Chalk approached TIME Magazine with a story that memorializes the last time an American president ordered the incarceration of an ethnic minority.

In this film, Seattle-based activist Joseph Shoji Lachman, who is a fourth/fifth generation half-Japanese, travels on a pilgrimage to the Minidoka concentration camp in Hunt, Idaho, in order to understand the ordeals his family endured during World War II. There, amidst the dusty trails and barbed-wire fences, Joseph finds the strength and conviction to pursue his fight for equality and justice for minority citizens. 

“Minidoka”  is the first film to come from Blue Chalk’s “Heroes Project,” an internal initiative that gives staff the opportunity to tell stories about unsung heroes. It was first released TIME on February 19, 2019—the 77th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 which cleared the way for the incarceration of Japanese Americans in US concentration camps.

Contributors
  • Megumi Nishikura, Producer/Director
  • Megan Clark, Director of Photography
  • Whitney Bradshaw, Additional Camera
  • Brian Dawson, Additional Camera
  • Kylie Juggert, Editor
  • Megan Clark, Editor
  • Rob Finch, Creative Director
  • Greg Moyer, Executive Producer
  • Pam Huling, Executive Producer
Services Provided
  • Original Cinematography
  • Original Motion Graphics/Animation
  • Post-Production
  • Pre-Production
  • Research