CAAMFest, the film festival hosted by the Center for Asian American Media, is broadening its offerings this year beyond films to include music and theater performances.
The opening night film is An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Story, Dianne Fukami's documentary about former Commerce and Transportation Secretary, Congressman and Mayor of San Jose. He's a second generation Japanese American who I used to interview a lot; a man who was locked up with his family in an internment camp during World War II, but could also make you believe in the power of government to do good.
Given the recent headlines about travel bans and discrimination, Fukami says her film couldn't come at a better time.
"You know, this is a cautionary tale. As a Japanese American, I think we need to be living reminders of what can happen when civil liberties are violated," Fukami says.