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Sleeping Tigers: The Asahi Baseball Story

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In pre-World War II Vancouver the Asahi baseball team was unbeatable, outplaying the taller Caucasian teams and winning the prestigious Pacific Northwest Championship for five straight years. When Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, the Canadian government sent every person of Japanese descent, whether born in Canada or not, to internment camps.

Faced with hardship and isolation, the former Asahi members survived by playing baseball. Their passion for this quintessential North American game soon attracted other players, including RCMP and local townspeople, and the baseball games helped to break down racial and cultural barriers. In Sleeping Tigers, award-winning director Jari Osborne skillfully weaves archival film and dramatic re-creations, along with candid interviews with the last of the Asahi, to tell this remarkable story.

2002, 50 min 47 s

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Prix Banff Rockie - catégorie: Émissions de sports
World Media Festival
Du 13 au 17 juin 2004, Banff - Canada

Prix du Jury
Festival de film de Yorkton
Du 27 au 30 mai 2004, Yorkton - Canada

Mention d'Honneur - catégorie: Humanitaire
Festival international du film et de la vidéo
1 novembre 2003, Columbus - États-Unis

Meilleur long métrage documentaire
Asian Film Festival
Du 2 au 5 octobre 2003, San Diego - États-Unis