Since the early 90’s, people across Canada have grown up with these 1-minute films chronicling some of the most fascinating aspects of our history. With a renewed focus on the stories of more marginalized historical figures, we helped Historica Canada bring two such stories to the screen. Bilingual versions were created for both, and crafted through intensive research and consultation with historians and other cultural and contextual experts.
The first told the story of the Vancouver Asahi, one of the city’s most dominant amateur baseball teams until 1941, when the entire team and 22,000 other Japanese Canadians were interned in BC’s interior. The Minute was shot on location at the former site of the actual Tashme Internment Camp, and was narrated in English and Japanese by Kaye Kaminishi, the last surviving member of the Asahi.
The second Minute focused on Elise MacGill, the world’s first female aeronautical engineer. She headed the Canadian production of the legendary Hawker Hurricane fighter plane, an immeasurable contribution to the allied war effort.