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Passing Poston (2007)

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The documentary Passing Poston profiles the devastating legacy of World War II-era Japanese-American internment by filtering that sad history through the biographical insights of four individuals. The subjects in question found their lives irreparably damaged by incarceration; all were interned in the Poston Relocation Center on the Colorado River Indian Reservation. At the heart of the film stands former internee Ruth Okimoto, who spent the majority of her childhood unjustly trapped in a cage

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Sep 23, 2008

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While Poston bears witness to a historical disgrace, it also resonates with more current conflicts.

August 8, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
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An especially shameful chapter in U.S. history -- the internment of innocent Japanese Americans during World War II -- is sensitively examined in the overly brief but worthy documentary Passing Poston.

July 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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[An] earnest, TV-style, talking-heads documentary.

July 10, 2008 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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In the moving documentary Passing Poston, 'hell' is the word most consistently used by surviving Japanese Americans forcibly interned during World War II.

June 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Leaning too heavily on archived newsreels, the film tries to establish a feeling that the propaganda mechanism justified the government's deplorable actions.

August 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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Stifled by directors Joe Fox and James Nubile's frankly incompetent approach to both documentary storytelling and aesthetics.

August 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Who would think that full-fledged American citizens, born in the United States, could have lost their liberty, homes and businesses, never to recover financially or emotionally?

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
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... might have made a fascinating story were it researched more thoroughly and presented with clarity.

June 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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