Time Of Fear

In World War II, more than 110,000 Japanese Americans were forced to leave their homes and relocate to military camps dotted across the western United State Time of Fear tells the story of the 16,000 men, women and children who were sent to two camps in southeast Arkansas, one of the poorest and most racially segregated places in America.

It explores the reactions of the native Arkansans who watched in bewilderment as their tiny towns were overwhelmed by this huge influx of outsiders. Played out in a remote corner of the south, this is a forgotten chapter in America’s unfinished struggle with race that resonates strongly today.


A film by Ambrica Productions, Inc. in association with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Written and Directed by: Sue Williams
Produced by: Kathryn Dietz
Editor: Howard Sharp
Associate Producer: Janice Kambara
Composer: Tom Phillips
Narrator: Peter Thomas
Consultants: Russell Bearden, Roger Daniels and Judith Vecchione

Major funding for this film was provided by Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation

Additional funding was provided by Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council, the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council, The Arkansas Humanities Council and the Department of Arkansas Heritage.