Jon Osaki is an award-winning filmmaker who has directed and produced promotional, educational, narrative, and documentary films. His initial interest in film grew from his desire to share the stories of the Japanese Community Youth Council, where he has served as Executive Director since 1996. Over the past few years, he has had films screened at film festivals and community events across the country. As a filmmaker, Jon views this genre as the next step in his lifelong pursuit of social justice and equity.
As a long-time child and youth development advocate, Jon believes in using film to bring stories and history to life for younger generations. He is motivated to inspire the next generation of storytellers to keep vital chapters of this country's history alive and relevant for the leaders of tomorrow.
Jon's latest film, ALTERNATIVE FACTS: The Lies of Executive Order 9065 reveals a largely untold aspect of the Japanese American incarceration story. ln today's climate of fear and "fake news" the story of the unjust World War ll incarceration of Japanese Americans is a cautionary tale about this country's democracy and the fragile balance of power within our government. This feature documentary chronicles the dark, twisted plot of conspiracy, deceit, and one of the most nefarious cover-ups in American history.
ln addition to ALTERNATIVE FACTS, Jon has produced two other short films on the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans called Yonsei Eyes and My Dog Teny. Both films were produced to introduce the Japanese American incarceration experience to child and youth audiences. Jon is also in production on a film titled, Blight: The Redevelopment Story which chronicles the experiences of those who were forcibly removed from their homes during the Urban Renewal movement of the 1960's and L970's.
Films by Jon Osaki
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.