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The Ito Sisters: Documentary Film & Panel Discussion

Presented by Osher Marin JCC at Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael CA

Nov 07 2019
The Ito Sisters: Documentary Film & Panel Discussion

Documentary about a little-known chapter of the early Japanese American experience

The Osher Marin JCC is excited to host a special screening of the documentary film The Ito Sisters.

Directed and produced by Antonia Grace Glenn, the documentary captures the rarely told stories of the earliest Japanese immigrants to the United States and their American-born children.

In particular, the film focuses on the experiences of Issei (or immigrant) and Nisei (or first generation born in the US) women, whose voices have largely been excluded from American history. The evening is presented in partnership with Canal Alliance, Brandeis Marin, and the Jewish Community Relations Council.

Following the film, all are invited to stay for a moderated panel discussion, drawing historical parallels between the Japanese American incarceration camps, and the current immigration crisis. Of particular focus will be how wartime incarceration disproportionately affects women and children, leading to trauma that can take generations to address and begin to heal.

*The film and panel discussion are appropriate for middle school-aged children and up.

Concessions of light snacks, coffee, sodas & tea available for purchase.

Panelists include:

  • Lucia Martel Dow, Director of Immigration & Social Services, Canal Alliance
  • Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Lead Scholar, The Ito Sisters & founding director of the Center for Race & Gender, UC Berkeley
  • Peg Sandel, Head of School, Brandeis Marin

At the core of The Ito Sisters is the theme of citizenship and American identity, and how the rights of immigrants and their children have been restricted, tested and/or established. The aim of the project is to inform audiences about a little-known chapter in US history, as told through the stories of three sisters whose lives spanned the 20th century and into the 21st.


$8 -$10

Kids 17 & Under:  Free

Contact: 415.444.8000


    Official Website

Additional time info:

7:00 – 9:00 pm


  • Ito Sisters, Nov 7, 2019 @ the Osher Marin JCC


Osher Marin JCC

200 N. San Pedro Rd., San Rafael, CA 94903


From Highway 101 in San Rafael, take the North San Pedro exit and head east. The Osher Marin JCC, at 200 N. San Pedro Road, is on the right-hand side, half a mile from the freeway exit.

Free Parking

* The Osher Marin Jewish Community Center’s parking lot is located directly in front of the building with parking spaces for disabled patrons available.

* Additional parking is available at the JCC Annex lot, located at 210 N. San Pedro Road (just east of the main campus). In the event of multiple programs, or heavily attended events, overflow vehicles may be directed to available street parking or on adjacent properties.

* Evenings and weekends only: There is additional parking across the street at Venetia Valley School.



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