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At the start of World War II, Japanese Americans living on the West Coast were faced with the threat of forced removal and incarceration in concentration camps. A small number took their fate in their own hands, fleeing to interior states, becoming refugees in their own country, on a forced migration into the unknown. Before They Take Us Away is the first feature documentary to chronicle the untold stories of the “self-evacuees” who spent the war years outside the camps, as they struggled to rebuild their lives and overcome poverty, isolation, hostility and racial violence.


Audience Choice Award, Best Feature Documentary - Mixed Asian Media Festival ● Best Japanese American Award - Japan Film Festival, Los Angeles ● Grand Festival Award, Documentary - Berkeley Video & Film Festival


DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon

Northern California Premiere! Filmmaker Attending, Post-Screening Q&A!


  • Year
  • Runtime
    82 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    Northern California
  • Note
    Presenter: Evelyn Nakano Glenn
  • Social Media
  • Director
    Antonia Grace Glenn
  • Screenwriter
    Antonia Grace Glenn
  • Producer
    Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Patrick Glenn, Antonia Grace Glenn and Tim Becherer
  • Editor
    Tim Becherer
  • Animator
    Leah Nichols (Motion Design)
  • Music
    Dave Iwataki