WE SAID NO! NO!
A FEATURE DOCUMENTARY FILM BY BRIAN TADASHI MAEDA
ABOUT THE NOTORIOUS OF ALL JAPANESE CONCENTRATION CAMPS,
TULE LAKE, CALIFORNIA.
OPENS FRIDAY, MAY 26TH 7:30PM THROUGH JUNE 1, 2023
AT THE LAEMMLE ROYAL THEATRE, WEST LOS ANGELES
We Said No! No! is a story of civil disobedience set against the backdrop of World War II and the controversial internment of thousands of “disloyal” Japanese Americans in the most notorious of all the Japanese concentration camps, Tule Lake, California. It was there that the Japanese Americans who refused to say “yes” to the infamous Loyalty Questionnaire were imprisoned and labeled the “No, No’s.” We Said No! No! follows a group of dissidents deemed disloyal as they fight for their freedom, their dignity and their families in an America that had forsaken them. The film opens on Friday, May 26 at 7:30pm followed by Q&A with the film director, Brian Maeda and cast members. The film runs for one week at the Laemmle Royal Theatre, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025. For show times and tickets visit: https://www.laemmle.com/theater/royal or call 310-478-0401.
Director, producer, writer, and actor, Brian Tadashi Maeda, was born in Manzanar, a World War II American concentration camp. Maeda graduated from UCLA in Cinematography has always wanted to show films from a Japanese American point of view. Brian was one of the first Asian Americans to be accepted in the Hollywood International Cinematographers Guild in the 1970s. Brian started J-Town Pictures in 1990 to tell the tumultuous and often untold stories about Asian Americans. “The No, No people were the bravest of all the unjustly incarcerated,” said Brian Maeda -Director. Maeda’s films “Music Man of Manzanar”, “Buddha-Heads”, and “We Said No! No!” have won critical acclaim at festivals and been played nationally. He is a founding member of the Venice Japanese American Memorial Monument Committee, an ad hoc group comprised of former internees and concerned citizens, who have been working together since 2010 and built a permanent memorial to honor the Americans of Japanese descent forcibly removed from Venice, Santa Monica, and Malibu and incarcerated at the War Relocation Authority camp at Manzanar for the duration of World War II.
For more information on “We Said No! No!” visit https://wesaidnono.com/. Interviews and photos available upon request.
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