Stourwater Pictures

Films

Awards:

2014 Erik Barnouw Award
    - Organization of American Historians

CINE Golden Eagle

Best Short Documentary
    - Port Townsend Film Festival

Audience Choice Best Documentary Short
    - Gig Harbor Film Festival

 

Official Selection:

Heartland Film Festival, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Seattle Asian American Film Festival, Friday Harbor Film Festival, Everett Film Festival, Gig Harbor Film Festival, Port Townsend Film Festival.

 

Notable Screenings:

U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., Seattle Nisei Veteran’s Hall, the Veteran’s Museum & Memorial Center in San Diego, the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and the Merrill's Marauders Proud Descendants Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Holocaust Museum Houston, Chicago History Museum, deYoung Museum San Francisco, Films of Remembrance in San Francisco, University of San Francisco.

 

Subjects:

Asian American Studies, Asian Studies, American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Japanese Studies, History, Pacific Studies, Military Studies.

 

 

"A riveting story compellingly told, Honor & Sacrifice uncovers a tragedy of war—the breakup of families and the tests of conflicting loyalties.  Japanese Americans serve in the U.S. military to defend freedom while their families are interned, brothers fight in opposing armies, and the atomic bomb levels an American soldier’s family home.  There is no glory in wars."

-Gary Okihiro, Professor of International 
and Public Affairs, Columbia University 

 

"...an outstanding and beautifully illustrated biography..."

-Lane Ryo Hirabayashi,
Aratani Endowed Chair, 
Asian American Studies, UCLA

 

Honor & Sacrifice

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On April 12th, we received the 2014 Erik Barnouw Award from the Organization of American Historians for outstanding programming in documentary film concerned with American history. You can read more on HONOR & SACRIFICE’s own website that includes news, screenings, reviews, press material, photos, history, and a free downloadable teaching curriculum. You can see it by clicking here.

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HONOR & SACRIFICE tells the complex story of a Japanese immigrant family ripped apart by WWII. The Matsumoto family included five sons; two who fought for the Americans and three who fought for the Japanese. The eldest, Hiroshi (Roy), became a hero, fighting against the Japanese with Merrill’s Marauders, an American guerrilla unit in Burma. He was born near Los Angeles, educated in Japan, and became a hero when he used his Japanese language skills and military training to save his surrounded, starving battalion deep in the Burmese jungle. At the same time his parents and sisters were living in their family’s ancestral home, Hiroshima. The story is told by Roy’s daughter Karen as she discovers her father’s work in military intelligence, kept secret for 50 years.

 

(Running time – 28 minutes)

 
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“Filmmakers Lucy Ostrander and Don Sellers’ powerful documentary tells the story of Roy Matsumoto, one of many Japanese Americans who enlisted in the U.S. military while detained in internment camps during World War II….Decorated for heroism, Matsumoto was eventually sent to postwar Japan, where he found relatives still alive in Hiroshima despite the nuclear bomb attack that had devastated the city. Interweaving archival footage and family photographs to illustrate this compelling story, along with an interview of the elderly Matsumoto, Honor & Sacrifice underscores the many internal conflicts and ironies experienced by Japanese-American enlistees, from having to prove their loyalty while confined within the U.S. to fighting an enemy that often (as in Matsumoto’s case) literally included one’s brothers from the old country. Highly recommended.”

-T. Keogh
3.5 Stars - Video Librarian