Passing Poston: An American Story
During World War II, almost 120,000 Japanese and Japanese-Americans were forcibly relocated and spent the war year in one of ten internment camps located in some of the nation's most inhospitable and desolate places. One such camp, situated on an Indian Reservation on the Arizona desert, was the Poston Relocation Center.
Weaving personal stories and moving archival footage, Passing Poston tells the untold story of how Japanese internees were used by the US government to help develop an impoverished Native American reservation. It is the story of four former Poston internees still searching for their identity and still questioning what their place is in America. For Ruth Okimoto, the need to confront the past brings her back to the desert of Arizona where she spent her childhood years behind barbed wire. It is a journey Ruth takes to find meaning as she searches to discover the true story of how the Poston camp came into being.