Meaningful Movies: Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice

The Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield will host a meeting of “Meaningful Movies,” a film and discussion group on Wednesday, Oct. 25. The group—which is patterned after a similar, long-running meet-up in Seattle—focuses on social justice documentaries while providing an open forum for community discussions. The group’s purpose is to gather, educate, advocate, build a meaningful and sustainable community, defend justice and work for peace. The Meaningful Movies Project is an all-volunteer, community-owned organization, with no religious or political affiliations.

The next documentary to be shown at the Old Liberty is “Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice” which tells the story of Minoru (Min) Yasui, son of Japanese immigrant parents, born in 1916 and raised in the farming community of Hood River, Oregon. He was the first Japanese American attorney in Oregon. During World War II, he initiated the first legal test challenging the forced removal from the West Coast and subsequent incarceration of over 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry in U.S. concentration camps. The film documents his and his family’s experiences during the war and his nine months in solitary confinement awaiting his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Holly Yasui, filmmaker and daughter of Minoru Yasui, will be at the Old Liberty in person for the post film discussion.

Admission is free—and although donations are appreciated, no one will be turned away for lack of a donation. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and previews start at 7:20 p.m. Beer, wine, smoothies, coffee, tea, ice cream, and snacks are available for purchase from Seasons Café in the lobby. A discussion will immediately follow the film. The Liberty Theater is located at 115 N. Main Ave. in downtown Ridgefield. For more information, call 360-887-7260 or visit the group’s Facebook page at You can also send an email to In the meantime, you can see a trailer for the film below:

Never Give Up! – Trailer from Minoru Yasui Film on Vimeo.

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