'Los Angeles Times' on Film by SVA Alumnus Brett Kodama
July 20, 2016
From Los Angeles Times: "For Burbank native Brett Kodama, his film about his grandmother's experience at the Manzanar War Relocation Center during World War II became more than just an informative piece about internment camps and a way to fund other film projects down the road.
Kodama's documentary, 'One-Two-One-Seven: A Story of Japanese Internment,' turned into his own political statement on what could happen again under the wrong leadership in the United States.
'In my head, it was a personal story, nothing grand-scale,' he said. 'I made it initially as a jumping off point to get money for projects. But I also made it because of the comments that [Donald] Trump was making about how he wants to tag and round up the Muslim population.'
Kodama, 24, a recent graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York, was one of 12 finalists competing in the Student and Emerging Filmmaker Competition during this year's March on Washington Film Festival.
The documentary is about Kodama's grandmother, Sharon Kodama, who was 4 years old at the start of the war. In the film, Sharon Kodama described how the pressure of the war and being held captive under their own will drove her father to kill his wife and himself, leaving Sharon Kodama and her sister orphans in the internment camp..." (continue reading)