Be Kind to All That Live


This short music-film profiles Mrs. Helen Tsuchiya, who shared her story of life in a Japanese-American internment camp with students at Prairie View Elementary through a program called Elder's Wisdom, Children's Song. The song Be Kind to All That Live came out of that interview.

The film features a number of photographs taken by Mrs. Tsuchiya while she was in the interment camp, where she was the official photographer.

The film is produced by David McDonald, an independent multimedia producer, as well as instructor of mass communications at Itasca Community College and Leach Lake Tribal College. David McDonald has been donating his services, but will have shared ownership of the final product with Community Celebration of Place.

Featured on the recording of Be Kind To All That Live is Helen’s son, Todd Tsuchiya, a local dentist and leader of Minnesota’s premiere Taiko Drum group.