The Orange Story: A Cinematic Digital History Project
The Orange Story is a digital history project currently in development by Full Spectrum Features, with support from the National Park Service. This unique program employs the power of cinematic storytelling to teach the history and legacy of Japanese American incarceration during World War II. An original narrative film will be woven seamlessly into an interactive website, allowing the viewer to navigate between the movie and complementary audio-visual materials. Scheduled release date is early 2017.
The centerpiece of the project is a 15-minute narrative film that tells the story of an elderly Japanese American who must sell all his belongings and report to an “assembly center” from where he will be evacuated to an undisclosed location. The film also uses archival radio, film, and photographic sources to complement this narrative, providing a strong historical context for the story.
An equally important part of the project is our outreach program, which will be a touring program of film screenings, panel discussions, presentations, and museum exhibits.
Through all facets of this project, the public will have an opportunity to better understand the lived experiences behind this historical tragedy, which has become relevant again in today’s heated political debates about terrorism, national security, and the rights and dignity of immigrant communities.
If you’d like to support our project, please make a tax-deductible donation here.