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A Screening of 'Stand Up for Justice: The Ralph Lazo Story'

Valley of the Heart

Nov 5 at 6–7:30pm

Venues Around L.A.

A Screening of 'Stand Up for Justice: The Ralph Lazo Story'

How did a Mexican American teenager end up incarcerated at Manzanar during World War II? Stand Up for Justice is a docudrama short film that tells the story of Ralph Lazo, a young Angeleno who left Belmont High School to stand up for his friends and neighbors by joining them at Manzanar. Lazo became the only known person of non-Japanese ancestry, besides spouses, who voluntarily relocated to the internment camps. He stayed at Manzanar for over two years, then served in the Army in the South Pacific.

As writer/director Luis Valdez's Valley of the Heart tells the story of a Mexican American and a Japanese American family whose lives and fates intersect amidst this very same backdrop, Center Theatre Group is showing Stand Up for Justice and hosting filmmaker John Esaki for a post-screening panel devoted to his legacy.


  • John Esaki, writer/director and Director of the Japanese American National Museum’s Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center
  • Miya Iwataki, civil rights leader
  • Kathy Masaoka, Co-Chair of Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress
  • Kiyomi Emi, Center Theatre Group staff member, redress and reparations delegate, and granddaughter of Frank Emi
  • Moderator: Leslie Ishii, Center Theatre Group Teaching Artist

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Japanese American National Museum

100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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