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STAND UP FOR JUSTICE: THE RALPH LAZO STORY

Directed by John Esaki

Cast: Alexis Cruz, Brittany Ishibashi, Chad Sakamoto, Marcus Toji

Based on a true story, STAND UP FOR JUSTICE is a short dramatic film about Ralph Lazo, a young Latino American teenager from Los Angeles who voluntarily went to Manzanar concentration camp. Nisei friends remember him as one who stood faithfully with his Japanese American friends in their most difficult time. Ralph Lazo was also one of the first to support the movement to seek redress for surviving internees. Stand Up for Justice powerfully addresses the violations of civil liberties that Japanese Americans faced during World War II and reveals how one person’s actions earned the undying gratitude of a community.

Credits
Writer: John Esaki
Producer: Amy E. Kato
Executive Producer: Linda Mabalot
Director of Photography: Dean Hayasaka
Editor: Gail Yasunaga
Production Designer: Anime Mitterlehne
Sound Designer: John K.Y. Oh
Music: Dave Iwataki, Quetzal Flores

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