On October 15th at 7:00 pm, Billings Public Library will be teaming up with the Art House Cinema and Pub and the Friends of Billings Public Library to bring you a special program that brings together our love of both books and cinema. The program will be held at the Art House.
Come to the Library to receive copies of two unique books that depict the life of children in the WW2 Japanese internment camps: Under the Blood-Red Sun by Graham Salisbury and They Called Us Enemy by George Takei. Read the books, which will be provided by the generous support of the Friends of the Library, and then attend a free screening of the 2014 film adaptation of Under the Blood-Red Sun, co-sponsored by the Art House! A brief discussion will follow the film screening.
The books and film have been chosen as part of the Library’s Year of Multicultural Literacy, and they continue the discussion begun at our September 2019 Civil Conversation: “Owning Our History—Japanese Internment.” They Called Us Enemy is an acclaimed graphic novel memoir of Takei’s childhood incarcerated in the World War 2 internment camps. Under the Blood-Red Sun tells the story of a Japanese American boy whose friendships with his baseball team endure even after he and his family are arrested and interred. It was adapted into a film in 2014 by director Tim Savage from a script by Salisbury.
The Library has a limited number of the books to give out, but you do not need to have read them in order to attend the screening.