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Minoru: Memory of Exile

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The bombing of the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, by a nation he knew only by name, thrust nine-year-old Minoru Fukushima into a world of racism so malevolent he would be forced to leave Canada, the land of his birth. Like thousands of other Japanese Canadians, Minoru and his family were branded as an enemy of Canada, dispatched to internment camps in the interior of British Columbia, and finally deported to Japan. Directed by Michael Fukushima, Minoru's son, the film artfully combines classical animation with archival material. The memories of the father are interspersed with the voice of the son, weaving a tale of suffering and survival, of a birthright lost and recovered.

1992, 18 min 45 s

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Honorable Mention
Asian Canadian Film Festival
May 28 to 29 1999, Edmonton - Canada

Alberta-Quebec Award 1994 - Innovative cinema less than 60 minutes - with a cash prize of 1,250$ (tied with Life with Billy by Paul Donovan)
Quebec-Alberta Prizes (Television - Cinema)
June 1 1994, Banff - Canada

Award - Category: Best Overall Sound (Normand Roger)
Hot Docs
February 24 to 27 1994, Toronto - Canada

Award - Category: Best Short Documentary
Hot Docs
February 24 to 27 1994, Toronto - Canada

Honorable Mention
International Film and Video Festival
October 26 to 28 1993, Columbus - USA