Out of the Dust is a dance film told through ghosts of Manzanar Detention Camp who come to life through the poetry of Janice Mirikitani, the music of Miles Lassi and Paul Chihara, and the Japanese American folk dance “Ei Ja Nai Ka” (lit., “Ain’t it good?”), choreographed and music written by PJ Hirabayashi. After the closing of the camps, who and what memories were left behind in the windy dust-laden desert of Manzanar? 

Upcoming screening at the Kennedy Center's "10,000 Dreams: A Festival of Asian Choreography"

Director: Brian Staufenbiel
Choreographer: Yayoi Kambara and Cast
Camera Operators: Jeffrey Gass & Jonathan Takenaka
Editor: Sam Clevenger
Director of Photography: David Murakami
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