OMNI TELEVISION OPENS
A PHOTO ALBUM TO THE PAST
IN THE WORLD TELEVISION PREMIERE
ON MARCH, 4TH
One-hour, original documentary follows one man’s quest to return a photo album stolen from a Japanese Canadian family during the Japanese internment
Follow a filmmaker’s emotional journey as he seeks to return a photo album he believes is connected to a Japanese-Canadian family who fled their home during the Japanese internment, in OMNI Television’s original 60-minute documentary, Stolen Memories. Dating back to 1939, filmmaker Kagan Goh is determined to find the rightful owners of the album –purchased at a garage sale – and discover the stories behind the images. Premiering Saturday, Mar. 4 at 9pm ET/MT/PT to English-language audiences on OMNI. 2, OMNI Alberta and OMNI B.C., Stolen Memories will also air to Japanese-language audiences on Sunday, Mar. 11 at 9pm ET/MT/PT on OMNI. 2, OMNI Alberta and OMNI B.C
After the 1942 bombing of Pearl Harbour, Japanese Canadians were ordered to turn over property and belongings to the Custodian of Enemy Alien Property as a “protective measure only.” Caught in the whirlwind of anti-Japanese hysteria and paranoia, all Japanese descendents living in Canada were rounded from their homes and taken to internment camps and declared “enemy aliens.” The album, left behind when the family was interned, was either seized by the Canadian government and sold for a pittance, or stolen by looters, along with their other belongings. They lost everything. Along with his 70-year-old detective sidekick, Mary Seki, Goh documents their search as well as attempts to redress the wrongs of a dark chapter in Canadian history.
“Stolen Memories uses the extraordinary journey of Kagan Goh as a way to bring deeply-rooted issues of injustice to the surface for the Japanese Canadian community,” said Madeline Ziniak, National Vice President, OMNI Television. “The Japanese internment was a significant historical event, which contributes to the Japanese Canadian legacy. OMNI Television is happy to share this eye-opening piece of history with viewers. “
Stolen Memories is a MonkeyKing Motion Pictures production, directed by Kagan Goh and produced by both Kagan Goh and Imtiaz Popat.
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