One December morning in San Francisco, a young girl's father was forced from his home and family. He was first and 120,000 Americans were next. This is her story.
"Told with elegance and sensitivity, FTG is a story of happiness in hardship and of joy in adversity. Both a beautiful family history and a compelling reminder of a past too easily seen in the present, FTG will touch your heart and move you to action."
A couple hours after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941, Ichiro Kataoka was the first San Francisco Japanese prisoner taken by the FBI from his hotel in Japantown. Through a series of unfortunate events, Ichiro would eventually reunite with his family three years later in Topaz, Utah after President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which forced all Japanese residing on the West Coast to relocate to desolate Internment Camps throughout the country. Their only crime was being of Japanese ancestry.
Decades later, though a collection of footage, the Kataoka family legacy is being told through Ichiro’s daughter, great grandson, and relatives of what this family had endured. Although this was a dark time in America’s history, we find that love and happiness can blossom in the darkest of places.
“This film is a must see. Not only does First to Go tell a story of a family’s journey, love story, and power of community, it also tells a story of resilience and cultural awareness that those in the Japanese community faced during WW2 battling racial injustice. It moves you. Educates you. It’s an experience that has lasting impact on those who watch.”
“Matsuno does a brilliant job at humanizing the issue of the injustice that was brought upon his extended family to make it relatable, which makes for a touching, entertaining, and educational experience for viewers of his film. I highly recommend."
"FIRST TO GO is a powerful film that should be required for all Americans."