Asahi Shimbun

"... Ina, 62, spent the first two years of her life at a Japanese American internment camp in California. The impact the experience had on her family is the subject of her latest documentary, "From a Silk Cocoon." The film, screened this month at the Aichi International Women's Film Festival in Aichi Prefecture, was awarded a Northern California area Emmy . . .

... "My hope (in making the film) was to give those Japanese Americans who were labeled disloyal a voice," Ina says. "They didn't suffer a crisis of loyalty but a crisis of faith." - Asahi Shimbun, September 30, 2006 (click here to read entire article)

Japan Focus

"The haunting sounds of shakuhachi music and poet Lawson Inada’s resonant narration underscore the powerful emotional and moral reverberations of the Ina family’s American disaporan story, told in Dr. Satsuki Ina’s evocative documentary, From a Silk Cocoon . . .

... The Second World War incarceration and resistance to it is not just relevant to Japanese Americans and their descendants. Instead, this crucial period raises questions of contemporary relevance about the potential for politically-motivated abuses during wartime when a national government is permitted to suspend civil liberties for reasons of national security; the role of political leadership in damaging or strengthening democratic values and processes; the role that racially-motivated scapegoating plays in populist politics; the role of the media in hindering or furthering an open society; the resilient power of creative and political grassroots resistance; and the creation and healing of historical trauma." - Japan Focus, September 28, 2006 (click here to read entire article)

Sacramento News and Review

"Satsuki Ina was born in a California prison camp in 1944. Her parents were Japanese-Americans who met at the 1939 world’s fair. Ina’s mother, Shizuko, began a diary on her wedding day in March 1941. The diary was supposed to chronicle a long life full of love, family and realized dreams. Instead, only months into her marriage (and lasting for the next four-and-a-half years), Shizuko’s entries spoke of war and incarceration, separation from her husband, outrage and frustration, censored letters, and a crisis of faith and loyalty.

Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Shizuko and her husband, Itaru, were included in the roundup of more than 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry on American soil. The two were held captive, first in racetrack horse stables and then in tarpaper barracks in rural concentration camps, like the one at Tule Lake. Later, Shizuko and Itaru were temporarily but tragically separated by a world war in which they were branded as security risks by their own country.

For the past 60 years, the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II has been treated as a sort of historical footnote by the American public educational system. It is also a story whose details mostly have been left untold by the Japanese-Americans who experienced it . . .

... From a Silk Cocoon stretches beyond the basic facts of the Japanese-American internment experience into the dark and thorny corners of a perceived “military necessity” that is just as frightening and relevant now as it was when it happened. It is a story of war panic, racial profiling and the manufacturing of militants (a side effect of persecution that should not be ignored in the chill of post-9/11 America). The film deals with acute peer pressure, the fine line between democracy and national security, forsaken protection and shattered allegiance. It delivers all these concepts with a focus on snowballing causes and effects, rather than sensationalism . . ." - Sacramento News and Review, February 17, 2005 (click here to read entire article)