In 1942 the Canadian government ordered the uprooting of 22,000 men, women, and children in one of the nations' largest and cruelest dispossessions and dispersals ever. A generation later, Japanese Canadians fought back - and won. Using rarely seen archival footage and interviews with members of the negotiation team including Roy Miki, Art Miki, Cassandra Kobayashi, Audrey Kobayashi, Maryka Omatsu, and Obasan author Joy Kogawa, Children of Redress calls on today's generation to stand up for what is right - on the 25th anniversary of that 1988 victory and beyond.
Children of Redress is complete and premiered at the Nikkei National Museum on September 21, 2013. I t is now showing in their exhibit "A Call for Justice" until the end of this year. Unfortunately this is the only place the film can be seen at this time because the CBC news footage that is used in the film is very expensive to license and the budget did not permit its use beyond the museum. In addition, this license will expire in five years meaning the film will not be allowed to be shown anywhere after 2018. As an historical, educational documentary, this would be a shame.
Purpose of this Campaign:
The purpose of this Kickstarter project is to raise the money to purchase an upgraded license from CBC that will permit the film to be shown to everyone across Canada without limitation - online, on DVD, in festivals, museums, schools, libraries, universities, and possibly even on TV - forever (without an expiry date). The cost of the license upgrade makes up two-thirds of the amount being raised. The rest will be spent to fulfill the fundraising rewards (DVDs), including DVD authoring and manufacturing costs, postage, and office expenses, plus the Kickstarter and payment processing fees:
Any amount that is raised beyond the $7500 goal will be reinvested in one or both of the other Japanese Canadian documentaries that I am currently working on (Merciful Injustice and Repossession).
As you may be aware, Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing fundraising site. That is, if at least $7500 is not raised by this campaign, the license cannot be purchased and the film will not be permitted to be shown outside of the museum/festival environment.
So please, pledge now and then don't forget to visit and Like the Children of Redress Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/childrenofredress.
Risks and challenges
The risks associated with this project are negligible because the film is already completed. The tasks that lie ahead are:
1. Pay CBC the license money
2. Produce the DVD Master
3. Order the DVDs from the manufacturer
4. Get DVD sleeves signed by the Negotiating Committee (only for pledge of $100 or more)
5. Ship the DVDs to you
The ONLY risk associated with this campaign is that the DVD reward for your contribution may not be delivered to you before Christmas. Particularly item #4 will be the most difficult (but only affects those who have pledged an amount $100 or greater) because the DVD sleeves will have to mailed to each Committee member across Canada before finally being shipped to you. To mitigate this risk, I will be using ExpressPost to expedite the autograph process.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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