An American Contradiction


Year: 2011
Country: USA
Run Time: 13 minutes

Seeking knowledge about her country and heritage, filmmaker Vanessa Yuille journeys to her mother's birthplace, Heart Mountain, Wyoming, where Japanese Americans were incarcerated during WWII. Internees reflect upon the experience of leaving their homes as children and the wartime hysteria that stripped them of their lawful rights. This dark chapter of American history not only contrasts with the natural beauty of the landscape but also calls into question the definition of what it means to be an American. Through her investigation, Vanessa challenges us to correctly define the true nature of what happened there.

CIFF36 Screenings

Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 2:15 PM
This screening is on Stand By.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Shorts Program
Independent Shorts Program #2

Vanessa Yuille

Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou

Olivier Nakache, ╔ric Toledano

Mathieu Vadepied

Dorian Rigal-Ansous

Principal Cast
Franšois Cluzet, Omar Sy

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An American Contradiction
Vanessa Yuille


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