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Minoru: Memory of Exile

Minoru: Memory of Exile
Directed by Michael Fukushima
Produced by William Pettigrew
Narrated by Minoru Fukushima
National Film Board of Canada
Release dates
Running time
18 min 45 s
Country Canada

Minoru: Memory of Exile is a 1992 animated documentary about the Japanese Canadian internment by Michael Fukushima. The film recreates the experiences of the filmmaker's father, Minoru, who as a child was sent along with his family and thousands of other Japanese Canadians to internment camps in the interior of British Columbia.[1]

The film explores the narrow range of options available to internees after the war, with Minuro's father choosing the option of repatriation to Japan, even though his children were born in Canada. The film concludes with a description of the Canadian government's redress of 1988, which took place one year after the filmmaker's mother's death.[2]

Produced by William Pettigrew for the National Film Board of Canada, Minoru: Memory of Exile combines animation with archival material, and was narrated by Minoru Fukushima. The 19 minute film received several awards, including Best Short Documentary at Hot Docs.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Minoru: Memory of Exile". Collection. National Film Board of Canada. 1992. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  2. ^ Chang, Elaine (2007). Reel Asian: Asian Canada on Screen. Coach House Books. p. 280. ISBN 978-1-55245-192-2. 

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