GAMAN 我慢 A Project of Documentaries
DID YOU KNOW...?
GAMAN: "Enduring the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity."
Three years ago, I visited Minidoka, the site of the former Japanese internment camp in Idaho. As an American, I struggled to find words to express my feelings--shame at my ignorance of this moment in our country's history, sorrow for the suffering inflicted on innocent citizens and guilt, even though I wasn't born when President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066.
As an American and filmmaker, I'm committed to bringing to light this TIMELY story of racial prejudice and social injustice--especially as hate and divisiveness continues to escalate in our national dialogue and Presidential tweets about: THE WALL, THE TRAVEL BAN, CHARLOTTESVILLE,etc.
Over the past three years, I've donated my time and skills to document the stories of those interned at MINIDOKA, interviewing remaining survivors, their families and bringing to life their personal sacrifices, losses and grace under pressure. These former internees taught me the meaning of the word GAMAN and inspired me to make this film.
Producing documentaries is my way of giving back and many people have joined my efforts to tell this important story. AMAZING PEOPLE LIKE..
ACTOR, DIRECTOR, SOCIAL JUSTICE ADVOCATE,
DONATING HIS VOICEOVER FOR THIS FILM!
To date, we've accumulated over 100 hours of footage on a micro budget. This would not have possible without the generous support of the National Japanese American Citizens League and its Boise Chapter, The DENSHO PROJECT, Friends of Minidoka, The National Park Service, The Fred Korematsu Institute, The Boise State University Special Archives Library, George Takei and countless individuals (you know who you are and I THANK YOU!) who value the legacy of MINIDOKA and continue to contribute their time, talent, assets, personal stories and financial support.
NOW, WE NEED YOUR HELP TO FINISH THIS FILM!
Editing, audio leveling, licensing,music, historic footage and photos, graphics, animation, studio recording George's voice over= $
Please, if you can, help us finish post-production.
ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE--WITH GREAT REWARDS!!
$50 Donation: One ticket to Boise Red Carpet Premiere- or screening closest to you! / SPRING 2018
$100 Donation: 2 tickets to Boise Red Carpet Premiere-or screening closest to you!/SPRING 2018/plus Digital Download of GAMAN:The Story of Minidoka
$500 Donation: 2 tickets to Boise Red Carpet Premiere and private premiere pre-party, plus DVD. Blu-Ray or Digital download of GAMAN AND an autographed original print of film poster.
$1000 Donation: All of the above and FILM CREDIT as ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
$5000 Donation: All of the above, VIP invitation to attend THE WORLD PREMIERE AT SUN VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL and OPENING FILM CREDIT AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
$10,000 Donation: All of the above, and TWO VIP TICKETS TO MEET GEORGE TAKEI at the LOS ANGELES PREMIERE OF
ALLEGIANCE in FEBRUARY 2018
Thank you, as always, for your generous hearts and support! YOU MAKE THE DIFFERENCE!
Karen and Crew