The Manzanar Fishing Club
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The WWII internment of Japanese-Americans from a unique perspective: through the eyes of those who defied the armed guards, barbed wire and searchlights to fish for trout in the surrounding waters of the Eastern Sierra. While larger battles were being fought in the courts, the Manzanar fishermen were exercising their rights on the ground. This is the untold story of those who refused to knuckle under and risked all to go fishing just like other ordinary Americans.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""The Manzanar Fishing Club'' has enough interesting footage for perhaps a 15-minute segment of a TV news magazine."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Ingeniously, and warmly, looks at a surprising chapter in the story of an internment camp in Eastern California."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"All this is welcome; all this is too little. The Zen appeal of a river running through it is at best postcard-pretty, and not much deeper."
‑ David DeWitt, New York Times
"At its best, the film uses fishing as a window into the internment experience. At its worst, it uses the internment story as the backdrop for a documentary on trout fishing."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"The historical road less traveled-shot in re-enactments that are obviously familiar with the terrain-is beguiling enough."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"Some of the stories of ingenuity - whether in creating fishing equipment out of scavenged materials or hiding their activities from authorities - are amusing or moving."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
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