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2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Returning to Heart Mountain

Directed by Fran Ito

USA / 2012 / 5 mins / English / Color / 16:9, D-Cinema

Plays In:
Digital Histories 2017: Past Informs the Future

Aratani Theatre
April 30, 2017 2:00 pm


During World War II, 12,000 Japanese immigrants and Japanese American citizens were interned at Heart Mountain, including my husband’s family. This film documents the dedication ceremony of Heart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center in Wyoming, featuring appearances by Bacon Sakatani, broadcast journalist Tom Brokaw, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, and U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye. RETURNING TO HEART MOUNTAIN is a timely reminder of a political time and events that should never happen again.

Director's Bio

Fran Ito is an 86-year old filmmaker originally from the Hawaiian island of Oahu. A Pearl Harbor survivor, she came to California in 1950. From 1960-1970, Fran studied fine arts and took part in a number of art shows. She has made films with Visual Communications’ Digital Histories for the past 7 years….and it’s been real fun!


Producer: Fran Ito
Director: Fran Ito

Plays in

  1. Digital Histories 2017: Past Informs the Future

    Shorts Programs / 60 mins
    The stories from the past, help inform the future. The Digital Histories program engages the passion of our elders to tell their stories and learn the craft of filmmaking. This year the Digital Histories filmmakers not only told their stories through the documentary form but as well as experimental and narrative shorts. - Gary Gabisan

    Preceded by: A Step Forward

    In This Program: Stop And Smell The Roses, A Matter of Truth, In Plain Sight, Returning to Heart Mountain, With a Little Help From My Friend, Wasteful, Inside Nihon Buyo, Tiffany – The Art of Coming Out, My Chinese Southern Roots – Before Lynwood, Our Torrance Farm – Life Before Lynwood

Dates & Times

Plays In:
Digital Histories 2017: Past Informs the Future

Aratani Theatre
April 30, 2017 2:00 pm