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Manzanar Diverted: When Water becomes Dust

Manzanar Diverted: When Water becomes Dust

Women from Native American, Japanese American and rancher communities form an alliance to defend their land and water from Los Angeles

February 13, Monday

UCLA James Bridges Theater – Melnitz Hall 1409


Reception 6:00 pm

Film screening 7:00 pm

Speakers with Q & A 8:00 pm


Ann Kaneko, Director/Producer, UCLA Alumni

(more speakers to be included)


MANZANAR, DIVERTED: WHEN WATER BECOMES DUST follows intergenerational women from three communities who defend their land, their history and their culture from the insatiable thirst of Los Angeles. Native Americans, Japanese American World War II incarcerees and environmentalists form an alliance to preserve Payahuunadü (Owens Valley), “the land of flowing water.” Featuring breathtaking photography and immersive soundscapes, the film recounts more than 150 years of history, showing how this distant valley is inextricably tied to the city of Los Angeles. It reveals the forced removals of the Nüümü (Paiute) and the Newe (Shoshone) who were marched out of the Valley in the 1860s by the U.S. Army, and the Japanese Americans who were brought here from their West Coast homes and incarcerated in a World War II concentration camp. Water lured outsiders in and continues to fuel the greed which has sucked this once lush place dry.


Sponsored by

UCLA Asian American Studies Center & Department,

UCLA American Indian Studies Center,

UCLA School of Film, Theater, Television,

UCLA Center for Ethnocommunications,

UCLA Law School Documentary Film Legal Clinic,

UCLA Ziffren Institute for Entertainment, Media, Technology & Sports Law,

UCLA Nikkei Student Union



Feb 13 2023


6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


James Bridges Theater


Asian American Studies Center

Other Organizers

American Indian Studies Center
UCLA Department of Asian American Studies