‘American,’ ‘Proof of Loyalty’ at Downtown Independent


George Takei plays a Nisei veteran in “American.”


Correction: An earlier version stated the film screenings will begin on Saturday. The showings will be held from Sunday, June 9.

Two films about the Japanese American experience during World War II will be screened from June 9 to 14 at the Downtown Independent, 251 S. Main St. in Downtown Los Angeles.

“American” (2018), a short film directed and co-written by Richie Adams, stars George Takei (“Star Trek”) and Leonardo Nam (“Westworld”) in a story about a 94-year-old veteran who works as a volunteer at the Japanese American National Museum. He encounters a mother and her daughter, which triggers events that happened in his past, including his time as a young man in an American concentration camp and later serving with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Europe.