Passing Poston


Passing Poston

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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 of barbed wire. Passing Poston follows Okimoto back to the prison of her youth, as she searches for some meaning and logic behind the camp's initial construction and attempts to reconcile the horrific recollections of her early years with her need to assimilate into American society -- a need still very much alive and unresolved during her golden years.

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

    Aug 8, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 11, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • [An] earnest, TV-style, talking-heads documentary.

    Jul 10, 2008 | Full Review…
  • In the moving documentary Passing Poston, 'hell' is the word most consistently used by surviving Japanese Americans forcibly interned during World War II.

    Jun 20, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • Leaning too heavily on archived newsreels, the film tries to establish a feeling that the propaganda mechanism justified the government's deplorable actions.

    Aug 8, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Stifled by directors Joe Fox and James Nubile's frankly incompetent approach to both documentary storytelling and aesthetics.

    Aug 8, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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