‘Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice’ final cut complete

From Holly Yasui:

We have completed a final cut of Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice and we feel that distribution and discussion of our film and the Fight for Justice is more important than ever. This final cut is now available for personal use on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/nevergiveup.

The final film includes additional scenes about Min Yasui’s postwar life and work, including the JACL campaign for citizenship rights for Japanese American immigrants; Min Yasui’s cross-cultural community work; the national redress movement; and the reopening of Min Yasui’s legal case in the 1980s.

Since all the educators with whom we consulted recommended that we make the film less than one hour long in order to be used in classrooms, we cut sections from previous versions of the film. We feel that the new, final 56-minute version is more concise and complete, and will be submitting it to film festivals and national public television stations as well as making it available to schools, libraries, museums and community centers.

Up until now all screenings have been a work-in-progress, covered through foundation funding. Now that the film is completed, we are offering it as part of the full educational package to community organizations and schools (see pricing below). All proceeds support the continuing work of the Minoru Yasui Legacy project.

Never Give Up Educational Package
The Never Give Up!Educational Package, to be completed in January 2019, will consist of the 56-minute version and/or the 46-minute shortened version with closed-captions and Spanish language subtitles; video “extras” (mini-films and illustrated interviews), and primary source materials (legal and historical documents). Please see below the price list for nonprofit and educational users. We are offering a 10% discount until December 31, 2018 to institutions and individuals who pre-order the DVD or online educational package – please contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment at info@oregonnikkei.org.

Educational Package Purchase Price

Nonprofit organizations:  $75

K-12 (for an entire school district or public library): $125

K-12 (for one school): $75

Higher Education (for entire college): $375

Higher Education (for one department): $200

Film format

Streaming and downloadable 56 or 45-minute version plus extras and primary sources

DVD with 56-minute version plus extras and primary sources
(add $10 media, handling and shipping via USPostal Service ground service. Expedited shipping upon request)

Film Screenings

After successful screenings in October (Oregon Council on Social Studies fall conference; Meaningful Movies on Vashon Island, WA and the Japanese Language School and Blaine Memorial Methodist Church in Seattle; and the Fort Missoula Historical Museum in Montana), negotiations are under way to bring Never Give Up! to the entire Washington state Meaningful Movies program; the Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival and school visit program; a staff training for the Head Start program in eastern Oregon; and a diversity program at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Never Give Up! will screen on Min Yasui Day (March 28, 2019) as part of an Asian & Pacific Cultures Business Resource Group luncheon event. It is a semi-private event, but we would like to invite any educators who might be interested in helping us to get the film into classrooms or for use at educational events.

Please contact us at info@minoruyasuifilm.org to arrange for a screening of the film for your organization or classroom with or without speakers.

Save the Date!

March 28 is Minoru Yasui Day in Oregon.

Friends and supporters from throughout the state and beyond are invited to celebrate his life and work in a program featuring an awards ceremony for the Min Yasui Day Essay Contest, and attorneys who have worked, pro-bono, not only on the reopening of the Japanese American wartime legal cases of Min Yasui, Gordon Hirabayashi and Fred Korematsu but also ongoing cases dealing with the abrogation of civil rights of individuals and groups based on association, race, or national origin, most recently submitting an amicus brief at the U.S. Supreme Court opposing the Muslim ban.

Speakers will include: Peggy Nagae (featured in Never Give Up!) of Portland, Min Yasui’s attorney; Rod Kawakami, Gordon Hirabayashi’s attorney; and Dale Minami of San Francisco, Fred Korematsu’s attorney.

The event will take place at the University of Oregon Portland Campus, coordinated by the Minoru Yasui Civil and Human Rights Fellow, Weston Koyama.  For more information, contact info@oregonnikkei.org

Thank you for your interest and support!