Friday Harbor Film Festival is showing Best of the Fest films twice a month at 7 p.m. at the San Juan Island Grange in Friday Harbor. On June 19, "Proof of Loyalty” will be screened.
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, running time is 55 minutes.