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Proof of Loyalty: Kazuo Yamane and the Nisei Soldiers of Hawaii

Proof of Loy­al­ty:  Kazuo Yamane and the Nisei Sol­diers of Hawaii
Direc­tors: Lucy Ostran­der and Don Sell­ers

World pre­miere at The Asian Amer­i­can Inter­na­tion­al Film Fes­ti­val (AAIFF) in New York in August 2017

Proof of Loy­al­ty pro­vides a lens through which to view the con­tri­bu­tions of Japan­ese-Amer­i­can sol­diers dur­ing World War II.  Kazuo Yamane’s father had immi­grat­ed to Hawaii from Japan in the late 19th cen­tu­ry with noth­ing, and had built a suc­cess­ful fam­i­ly busi­ness there.  Kazuo, the old­est of his sons, was draft­ed to become part of what would be the War Department’s most suc­cess­ful social exper­i­ment: tak­ing Nisei troops from Hawaii to form a bat­tal­ion com­posed entire­ly of indi­vid­u­als relat­ed to a coun­try with which we were at war. Kazuo, who was a well-edu­cat­ed and elite trans­la­tor, end­ed up play­ing a cru­cial strate­gic role in the war effort.  Along with his fel­low Nisei from Hawaii, he com­bat­ted prej­u­dice and dis­crim­i­na­tion to serve his coun­try with dis­tinc­tion.

Author Pamela Rot­ner Sakamo­to astute­ly com­ments: “Proof of Loy­al­ty cap­tures the sad irony that those we dis­crim­i­nate against may be among our most able, tire­less, and faith­ful.”

For more infor­ma­tion on this film, vis­it their offi­cial web­site www.proofofloyalty.com

Released in 2017

55 min­utes

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