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Beyond Manzanar: Screenshots

The current version of Beyond Manzanar cannot be downloaded from the Internet for various reasons. Here we offer a walkthrough of scenes from the piece to give you some idea of the experience.

In the real piece the virtual space is three dimensional and you can navigate on your own around each scene. Pathways and open doors and take you from scene to scene.



internment camp

Barracks and guard tower against the backdrop of the High Sierras.
The sky fills slowly with headlines of war and hate.



fence poems

Poems of exile and imprisonment in Farsi, English and Japanese, caught in the barbed wire.



Through the barrack windows: archival photographs of daily life in Manzanar.



The barracks are inhabited by ghosts from the past.



Japanese Garden:


Japanese pavilion

Inner landscapes: View from the pavilion into the Japanese paradise garden.



Inner landscapes: The plum tree, sign of resilience and hope.


The American Dream:


Taking leave of the homeland.



The immigration corridor: pushing through the paperwork.



The Japanese-American Dream Room: Before the War.



The Japanese-American Dream: Broken by the Internment.



Fear of Internment: The Iranian Hostage Crisis 1979-1980.



The Iranian-American Dream Room.



The Iranian-American Dream turns into a nightmare.


Iranian Garden:


Inner landscapes: The Iranian paradise garden.



Iranian pavilion

Inner landscapes: Cultural refuge in the Iranian pavilion.



War and Resolution:



Video/Game/War. The only way out of the garden.



resolution poem

Mandala for Manzanar, Verse 1, by Zara Houshmand.



Text and images 1998-2020 Tamiko Thiel and Zara Houshmand, all rights reserved.