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"POWERFUL. I was... impressed with the film's honesty with respect to renunciation issues. This is art on film ... the poetry and narrative come together so perfectly... Bravo, bravo!" - John Christgau, author, Enemy Aliens: World War II Enemy Aliens

"... the issues of renunciation and loyalty resonate deeply with the current concerns over war and patriotism... a very important film . . ." - Taro Goto, San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival

"... offers a cautionary tale of homeland security.... compelling... 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.... An intimate portrait of a family under siege." - Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review (click here to read entire review)

"... particularly compelling because it is personal and well-documented... not much is known about the 5,461 Japanese American internees who surrendered their citizenship in the camps." - Dixie Reid, Sacramento Bee

"... touching... it's important to see this film, because it's a very personal experience. You see how a family was disrupted." - Former Assemblyman George Nakano

"This gripping story of steadfast love and red tape is suspenseful to the end..." - Frako Loden, San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival

"Itaru Ina's powerful, poetic haikus to his wife underscore his loneliness and sense of betrayal by the U.S. government." - Brian Kluepfel, Asian Week

"This film... creates a genuine understanding of why and how [Ina's parents] chose to renounce their citizenship.... Highly recommended." - Jessica Shomberg, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Educational Media Reviews Online (click here to read entire review)

"... disturbing and memorable... a unique perspective... An intelligent, jolting work... highly recommended." - Video Librarian