Filmmaker to Screen, Discuss Documentary on World War II Internment Camp

Neil H. Simon to Present ‘Prisoners and Patriots’ April 16 at Ohio Wesleyan University

On April 16, Ohio Wesleyan will screen and discuss 'Prisoners and Patriots: The Untold Story of Japanese Internment in Santa Fe.' Filmmaker Neil H. Simon will lead the discussion. (Photo courtesy of Neil H. Simon)

DELAWARE, OHIO – Award-winning journalist Neil H. Simon will visit Ohio Wesleyan University on April 16 to screen and discuss his first feature-length film, “Prisoners and Patriots: The Untold Story of Japanese Internment in Santa Fe.”

Neil H. Simon

Simon’s presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Room 312 of Ohio Wesleyan’s R.W. Corns Building, 78 S. Sandusky St.

“Prisoners and Patriots” focuses on a World War II internment camp that held 4,555 men of Japanese descent who were considered by U.S. officials to be among the most capable of assisting the enemy if they chose to do so.

For the film, Simon interviewed men who survived the Santa Fe-based camp and their families to capture the impact of their experience. View the trailer and learn more about the film at http://prisonersandpatriots.wordpress.com.

Simon, a journalist for more than three decades, worked as broadcast reporter in El Paso, Texas; Albuquerque, N.M.; and Washington, D.C. His political, investigative, and feature reports earned awards from The Associated Press and state broadcast associations.

He also has produced two shorter-length films: “Cleaning the Air” (2001), which examined the nation’s ban on indoor smoking, and “Bill Richardson” (2005), a look at the New Mexico governor’s political rise as two-term governor and presidential candidate.

Simon’s presentation is part of the Ohio Wesleyan’s Ruth Davies Lecture Series. Davies, Ph.D., was a founding member of the university’s Department of Humanities-Classics and founded what today is known as OWU’s Performing Arts Series. She graduated from the university in 1927 and served on the Ohio Wesleyan faculty from 1928-1973.


Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities, with more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Located in Delaware, Ohio, just minutes north of Ohio’s capital and largest city, Columbus, the university combines a globally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that translate classroom theory into real-world practice. OWU’s close-knit community of 1,850 students represents 47 states and 57 countries. Ohio Wesleyan was named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction, is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” and is included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.

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