Honorable Mention – “Manzanar (Yuki)” (USA)

Title: Manzanar (Yuki)
Runtime: 6 min
Country: USA
Director: Scott Feldmann, Brad Colerick
Placement: Honorable Mention
Competition: June, 2022

Synopsis: Super short animated film depicting the experience of a two-year old child imprisoned, with her mother, as fallout from nations at war and fears fostered racism to cloud perceptions and deny rights to U. S. Citizens. This mixed media film uses animation and Library of Congress archival photos of Manzanar, a World War II Internment Camp for Japanese-Americans. The original song tells the plight of a young, single mother, Mikiko Okinaga Hayakawa, who cannot completely protect her daughter Yuki from the world around her, but instead, instills self-esteem. It’s a song of hope.