The Manzanar Fishing Club
The Manzanar Fishing Club (2012)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 30, 2012
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

"The Manzanar Fishing Club'' has enough interesting footage for perhaps a 15-minute segment of a TV news magazine.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Ingeniously, and warmly, looks at a surprising chapter in the story of an internment camp in Eastern California.

David DeWitt
New York 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.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

The historical road less traveled-shot in re-enactments that are obviously familiar with the terrain-is beguiling enough.

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Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

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.

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