Claudia Katayanagi’s documentary “A Bitter Legacy” will be screened on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. at the Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Ave. in Little Tokyo.
Inside the World War II camps where Japanese Americans were incarcerated, secret prisons were created for those considered “troublemakers” and “collaborators” by the U.S. government. The film looks at these “citizen isolation centers,” now considered precursors to Guantanamo, and examines their legacy.
Moab Citizen Isolation Center, a former Civilian Conservation Corps camp in Utah, opened after the notorious “Manzanar Riot” on Dec. 10, 1942 to isolate dissidents from the rest of the U.S. concentration camp population.
Leupp, located on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona, opened on April 27, 1943 after Moab became overpopulated with “troublemaker” prisoners from the 10 War Relocation Authority camps. This was a high-security prison where guards outnumbered inmates 4 to 1.