September 26th, 2008
ESPN Classic will televise Reel Classics: American Pastime, a film set in the Topaz War Relocation Center in Utah during the Japanese American internment during World War II — Friday, September 26, at 9 pm. The 2007 film depicts life for the thousands staying inside the Japanese internment camps and demonstrates how baseball became one of the main diversions for the internees. You can catch up-and-coming actors like Aaron Yoo and Leonardo Nam in this movie.
American Pastime Synopsis:
Powerful story about the dramatic impact WWII had in the home-front as Japanese American families were uprooted from their every day lives and placed into internment camps in Western US in the early 1940′s. Faced with a country that now doubted their loyalty and struggling with their new situation they turn to baseball as a way to handle their plight and find the strength to stand up for themselves becoming a true symbol of honor and pride.
If you miss the movie on TV, you can buy the
American Pastime Trailer
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