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Directed by Lucy Ostrander, Don Sellers

Washington 2017 55 mins. In English

When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and the US entered World War II, it ripped open suspicions towards Japanese-Americans who had for may years worked hard to become American citizens. Proof of Loyalty tells the story of Kazuo Yamane, a Japanese Nisei, born in Hawaii to Japanese-born immigrants. Despite suffering prejudice and discrimination, Yamane joined up to fight, and along with other Nisei soldiers valiantly served the US and ultimately helped change the course of history.

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.