Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story
directed by Dianne Fukami
Documentary Feature | 2018 | USA | 56 min | English
An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy is a film about injustice, redemption, and a burning desire for all people to be treated equally. The child of immigrants, Norman Mineta's uniquely American story charts a path from the shame he experienced as a Japanese American inside a U.S. concentration camp during World War II to his triumphant rise to political prominence that shaped every level of government, and made him one of the most influential Asian Americans in the history of our nation. His distinguished career is an unmatched slate of achievements, including 20 years in the United States Congress and eventually serving in the Cabinets of two Presidents from different political parties— Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Still thriving today in his 80s, he is celebrated as a bipartisan visionary who championed political civility yet was a bold change maker with a deft political touch whose legacy includes a lifelong commitment to social justice.
Fukami has produced, directed, and written more than a half-dozen documentaries on the Asian-American experience (mostly on Japanese-American history) which were broadcast on PBS stations throughout the U.S. Separate Lives, Broken Dreams, about the Chinese Exclusion Act, was nominated for a national Emmy Award; Starting Over: Japanese Americans After the War has received scholarly citations for its first-person anecdotes. Her most recent documentary, Stories From Tohoku, was showcased at CAAMFest in 2014 (formerly the San Francisco Asian International Film Festival) and screened at film festivals in New York and Los Angeles. The newly-released "An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy" made its world premiere at CAAMFest36 in San Francisco and selected as the festival's Opening Film.