‘For the Sake of the Children’ to Be Screened in S.F. Japantown

Former incarcerees and their descendants talk about the impact of the camps in “For the Sake of the Children.” Pictured: Amy Tsubokawa, granddaughter Stephanie Gillman and daughter Patti Tsubokawa Reeves.

SAN FRANCISCO — The Poston Community Alliance will present the San Francisco premiere of “For the Sake of the Children,” a documentary revealing the long-term impact of the Japanese American incarceration during World War II, on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. at New People Cinema, 1746 Post St. in San Francisco Japantown.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion entitled “From Executive Order 9066 to Executive Orders Today: Out Rights, Our Democracy, Our Freedom,” featuring representatives from the ACLU, the Muslim American community and the Japanese American community.

“For the Sake of the Children” is a multigenerational story of survival, struggle and transcendence beginning​ with mothers who raised children in America’s concentration camps. Now, 75 years after Executive Order 9066, the film explores the legacy of the incarceration, its impact on current generations, who are descendants of ​those imprisoned, and the complex interplay of culture, racial prejudice, history, and intergenerational differences. It is rich with interviews with mothers who gave birth and raised children while incarcerated as well as three generations of desce