Films Commemorate Heart Mountain Experience

Written by on July 25, 2019

The annual Heart Mountain Pilgrimage is underway, and events are taking place throughout Park County this weekend.

In particular, several films are being shown that portray different perspectives of the experiences of the Japanese-American internees at Heart Mountain during World War II.

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West will host a free film screening of Moving Walls: The Barracks of Wyoming’s Concentration Camps this evening at 5:30 p.m. in the Center’s Coe Auditorium. The short documentary directed by Sharon Yamato tells the little-known story of what became of the barracks built to house 11,000 Japanese Americans at the Heart Mountain concentration camp.

On Friday at 10 a.m., a screening of the new documentary “Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story” will take place at the Wynona Thompson Auditorium in Cody. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmakers, Mineta, and former senator Alan Simpson.

And on Friday evening, at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Cody, another film, “Return to Foretop’s Father,” will be shown. This short documentary follows Crow elder Grant Bulltail on his quest to reclaim what was lost to his tribe when the government removed them from sacred spaces like Heart Mountain.


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