The American Bar Association recently selected And Then They Came for Us as a finalist in the Documentary category for this year’s ABA Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts, which recognize outstanding work in media and the arts that fosters the public’s understanding of law and the legal system.
A committee composed of 45 lawyer-members of the ABA selected the finalists from 166 entries received in all eligible categories.
Featuring George Takei and many others who were incarcerated, as well as newly rediscovered photographs of Dorothea Lange, And Then They Came for Us brings history into the present, retelling this difficult story and following Japanese American activists as they speak out against the Muslim registry and travel ban. Knowing our history is the first step to ensuring we do not repeat it. And Then They Came for Us is a cautionary and inspiring tale for these dark times. The film by Ginzberg Productions is produced and co-directed by Abby Ginzberg and edited and co-directed by Ken Schnieder.
The Stop Repeating History campaign collaborates with the film as part of our ongoing educational outreach.
The ABA Standing Committee on Gavel Awards, which consists of 18 members, will decide the winners and announce them May 23. No more than one Silver Gavel will be presented in each category. Honorable mentions are also awarded, but not in every category every year.
The final selections will be given to entries that best address the purpose of the Gavel Awards; display the most creativity, originality and technical skill; demonstrate the educational value of legal information; and that impact the public through effective and accurate presentations of issues.
The ABA has awarded Silver Gavels every year since 1958. ABA President Hilarie Bass will present the winners and honorable mentions at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on July 17.