Welcome to Chicago’s 2023 Day of Remembrance!

World Premiere of Resettlement: Chicago Story

Sunday, February 19th | Doors open at 1 pm | Program runs 1:30-3 pm CST

Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark Street

You can view the short film and immersive learning website for Resettlement: Chicago Story here.

Note for viewers: On Sunday February 19th, Full Spectrum Features screened Resettlement: Chicago Story at the Chicago History Museum’s annual Day of Remembrance event to commemorate the 81st anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans. A scene at the beginning of the film—attempting to broach the complex topic of Black-Asian relations during the mid 20th century—completely missed the mark and instead caused confusion and hurt for some audience members. Full Spectrum sincerely apologizes for the harm this screening has caused. Please know that this version of the film will not be shown again and has been removed from this recording. Full Spectrum has also begun the process of addressing the problems in the film either through a re-edit, re-shoot, or some combination of the two. We would also like to make it clear that the organizations comprising the Chicago DOR Committee and the Chicago History Museum staff were not part of the film’s creation and had not seen the film prior to Sunday February 19th.
You can read a full letter of apology from Full Spectrum here. For any future inquires please contact:

Jason Matsumoto, Co-Executive Director, Full Spectrum Features

Register here. | Partner Code: DOR2023

Signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, Executive Order 9066 led to the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII. Every year, the Japanese American community in Chicago comes together to commemorate E.O. 9066 as a reminder of the fragility of civil liberties in times of crisis and the importance of remaining vigilant in protecting the rights and freedoms of all.

After Japanese American incarceration came mandatory “resettlement.” What was it like to be forced to leave your home, deny your heritage, and start over? At Day of Remembrance 2023, we will host the world premiere of Full Spectrum Features’ Resettlement: Chicago Story, a short historical film and educational website that explores how people of Japanese ancestry beat the odds and remade their lives after their wrongful incarceration during WWII.

Resettlement: Chicago Story tells an intergenerational story of the Yamamoto family several years after camp, as they struggle to rebuild their lives and make ends meet through their family dry cleaning business. The film’s companion immersive learning website builds upon both the characters and historical events of incarceration and resettlement introduced in the film to create the “world” through which viewers can engage with facts, figures, and important social themes that extend from this history. You can view the trailer for the film here.

After the film and website premiere, Reina Higashitani (film director and professor at the New American Film School, Arizona State University) and Dr. Helen Cho (professor of Asian American Studies, Northwestern University) will discuss their engagement with Resettlement and how they approach this unique history as filmmaker, media scholar, and educators.

The event will be held from 1:30 – 3:00 pm at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St. It is free and open to the public. Masks are required.

Full Spectrum Features will host a premiere reception at the Chicago History Museum from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. Refreshments and appetizers will be included; potluck contributions are welcome.

Before the event, from 12:00 – 1:00 pm at the Chicago History Museum, Full Spectrum Features will host a workshop for teachers on the history of Japanese American incarceration and resettlement. An honorarium is available for teachers. Limited space available. Email ashley@fullspectrumfeatures.com to register.

This year’s DOR event will also focus on accessibility. Audio Description, Open Captions, CART (Live) Captioning, and ASL Interpretation will be included throughout the program. The venue and bathrooms are wheelchair accessible with ramps, elevators and electronic doors throughout the building; you can find more information on the Chicago History Museum’s accessibility here. Please be sure to submit your accommodation requests when registering. If you have trouble using this form or have any questions about the accessibility of the film, Q&A and/or presentation, please email reception@chicagohistory.org.

If you have any question on the physical accessibility of the venue, please contact the Chicago History Museum at reception@chicagohistory.org, voice telephone at 312-642-4600, or TTY 1-800-526-0857.

This event is sponsored by the Chicago Japanese American Council, Chicago Japanese American Historical Society, Japanese American Citizens League – Chicago Chapter, Japanese American Service Committee, and Japanese Mutual Aid Society of Chicago.