Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Final "Year Of" Movie: Aleut Story, tomorrow at 2 pm!

The Year of North American Indigenous Peoples' film series will officially wrap up tomorrow with the screening of the powerful documentary Aleut Story. This film documents the little-known story of the forced internment of indigenous Alaskans during World War II and their struggle for their civil rights.

In 1942, as World War II reached Alaska, Aleut Americans were transferred to government camps 1,500 miles away. Anyone of 1/8th or more native blood was compelled to ship out. An estimated 10 percent perished.

Filmed on location in Alaska and Washington, D.C., this poignant, richly textured film contains rare archival images and compelling interviews with Aleut internment survivors — many of whom are speaking out for the first time in more than 60 years.

To learn more about the film and the history behind it, please see the official website at

Aleut Story will be shown tomorrow, April 29, at 2 pm in the theater at the Funk Heritage Center.

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