Sun Apr 7, 2024 5:00 pm Hendricks Arts Center
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Directed by Darren Haruo Rae
Narrative Short
United States | 21 min | 2023

Inspired by stories from my grandfather, Nisei follows the journey of two Japanese-American brothers through World War II, Minoru and John Miyasaki. Stripped of their citizenship and placed in internment camps, they volunteer for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, an all Japanese-American unit that sacrificed everything, to prove their loyalty to a country that doesn’t want them. Torn between country and family, they must face the enemy overseas along with adversity back home.

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“RKS 2023 Film: “Nisei”: An American Short Film That is Far From Sweet”

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Roger Ebert

“Spartan Film Studios to Produce Short Film in Honor of Japanese American WWII Soldiers”

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“Meet Darren Haruo Rae: Director/Cinematographer; Co-Owner of Roann Films LLC.”


“Nisei” is a project I hold dear to my heart. As a kid, I would listen to stories from my grandparents about the struggles and heartbreaks of the internment camps. I was always inspired by my grandfather’s stories. Even when they were imprisoned, they acted selflessly and sacrificed so much for their loved ones.

An entire generation went through one of the most horrifying times in human history and this must not be forgotten. My film isn’t just about my grandfather, it’s about the entire Japanese American community. It is about how history repeats itself unless we learn from our mistakes. It is about remembering why we fight and why we should never give up.

Nisei - Poster