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At age 15, Lubna Al Aboud immigrated to the US as Syria crumbled amidst deadly gas attacks from President Bashar al-Assad and bombings by terrorist rivals, Isis. Her Muslim family settled in Boise, Idaho the year President Trump ordered the Muslim Travel Ban and Japanese Americans commemorated the 75th anniversary of President Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066, incarcerating 120,000 Japanese American citizens after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Against great odds then and now, Lubna and former incarcerees of the Idaho concentration camp, prove the human spirit prevails with resilience, forgiveness, hard work and hope even in America's darkest times. This film promises to stir a controversial public groundswell as Idaho ranchers, discussing their own experience of the nearby incarceration camp, reveal a profound secret hidden in the Snake River Plains.

  • Karen Day
    Girl From God's Country, Destination Idaho
  • Karen Day
    Girl From God's Country, Destination Idaho
  • Karen Day
    Girl From God;s Country, Destination Idaho
  • Katie Hirai
  • George Takei
    Key Cast
    "SGT George Sawada"
    Star Trek
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg self Supreme Court Justice
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 24 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 30, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    100,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Bentonville Film Festival
    Bentonville, Arkansas
    United States
    May 8, 2019
  • Sheffield Doc Fest
    United Kingdom
    June 9, 2019
Director Biography - Karen Day

Karen Day is a journalist prone to dangerous enthusiasms. As a photographer, filmmaker and writer, she makes a habit of ignoring the punitive warnings of military dictators, Christian and Islamic fundamentalists, the most recent Republican administration and her four children. Consequently, her career includes house arrest in Myanmar, lunch with Dr. Anthrax in pre-war Baghdad, fashion reprimands from a warlord in Kandahar and happy hour with the Dalai Lama in Manhattan. She graduated from the University of Colorado with a BFA and a healthy dose of skepticism toward authority. Wary of overly-earnest appeals from rock stars, politicians and Sally Struthers, her professional pen and camera focus on the human element in every story, whether the subject is war-torn refugees or Hollywood celebrities. A member of the SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS and REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS, she has reported on Afghanistan, Cuba, Iraq, Myanmar, Rwanda and South Sudan for numerous national publications, including NEWSWEEK “O”, ELLE, MOTHERJONES.COM, BODY AND SOUL and the LOS ANGELES TIMES. Her independently-produced news features from Iraq have aired on NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, CNN, and BBC. Day is co-producer and host of the award-winning television series on PLUM TV, WOMEN WITH A CAUSE and the documentary film ETHICS AND THE WORLD CRISIS: Conversations With The Dalai Lama. She is co-writer of the book SEAL: THE UNSPOKEN SACRIFICE, about the Navy’s elite Special Operations Forces. A profound addiction to political optimism inspired this blue girl in a red state to create the billboard campaign BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE promoting a beyond-bipartisanship movement in Idaho. Criss-crossing political divides, she worked as the media producer for Governor Butch Otter in 2010. In 2011, Karen partnered with MARIE CLAIRE magazine and founded AFGHAN WOMEN'S JUSTICE PROJECT , which continues to raise awareness and funds to provide literacy teachers and defense attorneys for Afghan women and children imprisoned for moral crimes. Between trips to Afghanistan and the produce aisle, Day produces documentaries and writes children's books which are harshly edited by her nine-year-old son. When not in war-zones or behind a camera, this mother of four shares an Idaho farm with chickens, turkeys, horses, barn cats and YETI, the dog.

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Director Statement

GAMAN: "Enduring the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity."

Three years ago, I visited Minidoka, the site of the former Japanese internment camp in Idaho. As an American, I struggled to find words to express my feelings--shame at my ignorance of this moment in our country's history, sorrow for the suffering inflicted on innocent citizens and guilt, even though I wasn't born when President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066.

As an American and filmmaker, I'm committed to bringing to light this TIMELY story of racial prejudice and social injustice--especially as hate and divisiveness continues to escalate in our national dialogue.

Over the past three years, I've donated my time and skills to document the stories of those interned at MINIDOKA, interviewing remaining survivors, their families and bringing to life their personal sacrifices, losses and grace under pressure. These former internees taught me the meaning of the word GAMAN and inspired me to make this film.

Producing documentaries is my way of giving back and many people have joined my efforts to tell this important story. Many amazing organizations have supported this film with 11 productions grants, Including the Idaho Humanities Council, The National Japanese American Citizen's League, The ACLU of Northern California and the Boise City Arts and History Grants and actor/activist George Takei