Three Japanese American sisters in their 80’s and 90’s share stories of humor, hardship and heartbreak as they recount how their immigrant parents struggled to make a life in America at the beginning of the 20th century. The family’s chronicle is set against the backdrop of the anti-Japanese movement in California, a 60-year campaign by politicians, journalists, landowners and others that culminated in the evacuation and incarceration of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast during World War II. This award-winning documentary explores themes that remain timely today: the meaning of American identity and citizenship for immigrants and their children; and tensions between new Americans and anti-immigrant forces. The Ito Sisters is both one family’s story and a quintessentially American story.
Directed by Antonia Grace Glenn.