DVD Return to the Valley

Return to the Valley is a documentary and educational project launched by KTEH in 2003. The documentary premiered on PBS in June 2003, as a one-hour program about the resettlement experiences of Japanese Americans after World War II. The documentary is set in the Santa Clara, Salinas, and Pajaro Valleys and the Central Coast region--areas once well known for strawberry farming and fishing. The themes of strength, perseverance and the resiliency of the human spirit transcend geography and time in this moving reflective historical documentary

DVD contains almost one hour and 20 minutes of footage not seen in the broadcast version, including a tour of Sakauye farm with the family's vintage farm equipment (the farm was saved and cared for by the neighbors), a tour of the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and a special bonus presentation — Dave Tatsuno's Topaz Memories. Tatsuno shot the only known, all color film of camp life from the perspective of an internee.