In a single moment, the United States joined World War II, following the attack on Pearl Harbor on Sunday, December 7, 1941. The semblance of measured serenity and daily life dissolved, and suddenly America shifted itself into the mindset of a nation attacked, a nation at war.
Japanese Americans became part of a national identity crisis; mistrust flowed into fear, fear into panic. But the now-familiar story of Japanese Americans interned during the war has overshadowed other stories, stories which present these citizens—even in the face of unfair and even illegal discrimination—as among the heroes of the American struggle against tyranny.
This documentary narrated by Patti Duke explores the Japanese-American experience of WWII in the Pacific Northwest. Delving into untold dimensions of the story in a personal vignette format, In Time of War sets itself apart as a documentary that goes beyond camp life and explores the full impact of what it meant to be an outsider during WWII.