Berkeley Video & Film Festival: Premiere of Before They Take Us Away

We are pleased to share that the Berkeley Video & Film Festival will present the Bay Area premiere of the award-winning documentary film, Before They Take Us Away.

WHEN:  Sunday, October 30, 2022 at 2:00 & 5:00 p.m.

WHERE:   East Bay Media Center, 1939 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94704

TICKETS:  Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at: or by calling: (510) 843-3699

Each screening will include a Q&A with the filmmakers.  A community reception will be held between the screenings at 4:00 p.m.

Winner of the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Documentary at the DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon and the Best Japanese American Award at the Japan Film Festival Los Angeles, Before They Take Us Away chronicles the untold stories of Japanese Americans who “voluntarily” evacuated from the West Coast in the wake of Executive Order 9066 and spent the years of World War II living outside the concentration camps that held their friends and family members.  While these “self-evacuees” had their freedom, they became refugees in their own country, on a forced migration into the unknown.  Many faced isolation, poverty and racial violence as they struggled to rebuild their lives.  Before They Take Us Away is the second film from the creative team behind The Ito Sisters: An American Story.

Before They Take Us Away is presented by Evelyn Nakano Glenn; produced by Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Patrick Glenn, Antonia Grace Glenn and Tim Becherer; directed by Antonia Grace Glenn; and edited by Tim Becherer.  The film features original music by Dave Iwataki; motion design by Leah Nichols; and commentary from Pam Matsuoka, Michael Omi (UC Berkeley) and Ryan Takemiya.  The voice cast includes Carlos Carrasco, Scott Dawson, Patrick Glenn, Grace Kim, Tim Kniffin and Ryan Takemiya.

For more information, please visit the Before They Take Us Away website at: or e-mail:

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Oct 30 2022


2:00 pm - 5:00 pm