A Bitter Legacy


This is a feature documentary about secret World War II Citizen Isolation Centers in Utah and Arizona designed to hold Japanese Americans that the United States Government deemed "trouble-makers." One noted historian calls Leupp Citizen Isolation Center "Heart Mountain Concentration Camp on steroids."

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Claudia Katayanagi (director) is a filmmaker with 30 years of experience in the San Francisco Bay Area film community. Working, watching and learning from so many award-winning directors, she has been applying those lessons to producing and directing films of her own in the last few years.

She has produced and directed four short films for the National Japanese American Historical Society on several Japanese American community leaders. Several of these films are being shown in the Building 640: Military Intelligence Service Museum under the auspices of the National Japanese American Historical Society.

In 2014, Claudia directed a 16-minute short for the Keiko Fukuda Judo Foundation, went to Punjab region in India where hundreds of young Indian women are learning judo as a means of defending themselves against rape and abuse. She is currently in the process of directing a film about two former Japanese American Military Intelligence Service men, Captain Frank Masuoka and T/3 Frank Higashi, with a focus on their wartime and post-war experience in Okinawa for the National Japanese American Historical Society.

Claudia is also producing and directing a documentary about the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC), a non-profit organization founded forty years ago with the goal of building social change through architectural sites.
Film Details
  • Country(ies): USA
  • Language(s): English
  • Year: 2015
  • Running time: 78
  • Director(s): Claudia Katayanagi
  • Producer(s): Matthew Firpo, Danny Firpo
  • Editor(s): Stephen M. Simon, Zensuke Omi-Brewer
  • Music: A. Taylor, Ryan Taubert

FSP 1425