And Then They Came For Us

directed by Abby Ginzberg, Ken Schneider

Documentary Feature | 2017 | USA | 50 min | English

Seventy-six years after Executive Order 9066 paved the way for a profound violation of constitutional rights — the forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans — And Then They Came for Us brings history into the present. The award-winning 50-minute documentary, retells this challenging chapter of the U.S.'s past through the perspective of Japanese American activists speaking out against the Muslim registry and travel ban. Produced by Peabody-winning filmmakers, Abby Ginzberg and Ken Schneider, the film features newly rediscovered photographs of Dorothea Lange.

Abby Ginzberg (Co-Director/Co-Producer) is a Peabody-winning producer and director who has been making award-winning documentaries about race and social justice for the past 30 years. Her most recent documentary, And Then They Came for Us, has screened at film festivals across the country and won an Accolade Award. Agents of Change, co-directed with Frank Dawson, tells the story of the black-led student protest movement of the late 1960's, which led to the creation of black and ethnic studies programs across the country. It won the Audience and the Jury Award at the 2016 Pan African Film Festival. Her film Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa (2014) won a Peabody award and has screened at film festivals around the world winning four audience awards for Best Documentary. Her work as a documentary filmmaker took her to the Academy Awards in 2012 with a short documentary film, The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement, for which she was the Consulting Producer. The Barber premiered at Sundance in 2011 and won numerous awards for Best Short Documentary at film festivals across the US. Abby's documentaries, Soul of Justice: Thelton Henderson's American Journey and Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice (about an African American and Latino judge) have aired on public television and been screened at film festivals across the United States and abroad and won numerous awards, including a Silver Gavel and CINE Golden Eagle for Soul of Justice. She is currently at work on a documentary about the tipped minimum wage called $2.13 and Change. She is the President of the Berkeley Film Foundation and on the Boards of the Thelton Henderson Center for Social Justice at UC Berkeley Law School, The Impact Fund and the Yale Law School Visual Advocacy Project.

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