To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the San Diego Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League sponsored the “Never Forget” Gala on September 19, 2015, honoring the veterans of the 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team, the Military Intelligence Service, and all Nisei veterans of WWII, and their families.
As part of the celebration, filmmaker Lane Nishikawa, producer/director of Only the Brave, presented a short feature documentary film, now in pre-production, highlighting the local San Diego Japanese American veterans, their families, and the families of those veterans who have passed away. The film, “Never Forget” will be a professionally produced, educational documentary short feature film, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, by honoring the veterans of the 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT), the Military Intelligence Service (MIS) and their families. A portion of the film will be dedicated to historic photos and photos from the veteran’s family albums. The major body of the film will be live interviews of the veterans and their families, scheduledfor shooting, March through May of 2015. Television anchor and documentary filmmaker, David Ono, will lend his years of experience to conduct the interviews.
The final product will provide many unique messages; we will bridge generations, we will not only hear stories of unquestionable loyalty and honor, but also capture the private and quiet side; faithful husbands, loving fathers, dependable brothers, good friends, strong and true to the end. The objectives of our educational documentary are to make it available to all the chapters of the JACL, nationwide educational distribution, television and Internet broadcast, and possible entry into film festivals.
A professionally produced documentary will cost approximately $60,000. We need your help to make this documentary truly successful and to memorialize the story of the Japanese American soldiers as one of the most important stories of human rights, social justice, honor, and bravery, to pass on to our future generations, to learn from and keep close in their hearts.
To make a charitable donation to support the making of this documentary, click the "Donate Now" button to go to the SD JACL Donations and Event Purchasing Page.