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"
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.
(*Upon purchase, three versions of this film are available for various classroom or program lengths: The Original 65-minute Director's cut, a 56-minute cut, and a 46-minute cut.)
"This film was a gut-wrenching, punch in the face."
"Filmmaker Jon Osaki makes a compelling case for solidarity and engagement in this deeply personal and political film."
"This important film tells a part of the internment story in a way it's never been told before."
"This film is not a historical rehash, but a REVELATION on how our Constitution was circumvented."
"I was moved by the story and felt it connected so well with the trauma our country is going through right now."