ALTERNATIVE FACTS: The Lies of Executive Order 9066 tells the untold story of false information and political influences which led to the World War ll incarceration of Japanese Americans. The film also examines the parallels to the targeting of groups today and similar attempts to abuse the powers of the government.

"what the documentary does brilliantly is to clearly and concisely show the legal battles at the heart of American democracy" 

Jason Maher, VCinema
Synopsis: 

ALTERNATIVE FACTS: The Lies of Executive Order 9066 is a documentary feature film about the false information and political influences which led to the World War ll incarceration of Japanese Americans. The film sheds light on the people and politics that influenced the signing of the infamous Executive Order 9066 which authorized the mass incarceration of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans. ALTERNATIVE FACTS exposes the lies used to justify the decision and the cover-up that went all the way to the United States Supreme Court.

ALTERNATIVE FACTS also examines the parallels to the current climate of fear, targeting of immigrant and religious communities, and similar attempts to abuse the powers of the government. ln today's climate of fear and "fake news" this story is a cautionary tale about this country's democracy and the dire consequences of allowing politics and misguided rhetoric towards targeted groups to drive decisions about public policy.

Reviews

"This film was a gut-wrenching, punch in the face."

James Croxton, The Torch

"Filmmaker Jon Osaki makes a compelling case for solidarity and engagement in this deeply personal and political film."

Sierra Lee, Center for Asian American Media

"This important film tells a part of the internment story in a way it's never been told before."

Dr. Paul Watanabe, Director of the Institute for Asian American Studies and Professor of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts, Umass Boston

"This film is not a historical rehash, but a REVELATION on how our Constitution was circumvented."

May Wood, Retired Teacher, Los Angeles Unified School District
Director's Commentary: 

As a long-time community activist and descendant of two former World War ll incarcerees, I am proud to share this largely untold aspect of the Japanese American incarceration story. While there have been many outstanding films on the WWll incarceration of Japanese Americans, ALTERNATIVE FACTS will explore forgotten chapters of this tragic tale that will inform, shock, and inspire audiences.

ALTERNATIVE FACTS chronicles the dark, twisted plot of conspiracy, deceit, and one of the most nefarious cover-ups in American history. While the WWll incarceration of Japanese Americans has been acknowledged as a "mistake," this film challenges the historical narrative and exposes it as a scandal of epic proportions.

My goal for ALTERNATIVE FACTS is to reveal the true events and influences behind the WWll incarceration of Japanese Americans to encourage a truly informed public debate about how this country treats immigrant and religious groups today. This film dispels the myths and misconceptions about what took place during WWll and draws a straight line to the parallels of today.

Through the vital lessons of the Japanese American incarceration story, I hope to promote healthy dialogue about race, religion, and the importance of speaking out when our democracy falters.