“Colors of Courage: Sons of
New Mexico, Prisoners of Japan” premiered before
surviving veterans, their families and invited
guests — and was well received — on December 7, 2002
at the Armory for the Arts Theatre, Bataan Memorial
Military Museum & Library in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The film was screened in its world premiere during
the Taos Talking Picture Festival April 10-13, 2003.
The University of New Mexico’s
Center for Regional Studies commissioned and funded
“Colors of Courage: Sons of New Mexico, Prisoners of
Japan” in conjunction with the Bataan Memorial
Military Museum and Library.
The film includes an interview
with a remorseless Japanese guard, Yukio Yamabe, who
took park in the march. Yamabe agreed to be
interviewed about his experiences only by a Japanese
film crew in his home town of Osaka.
“This is the first interview with
a Japanese guard [who took part in the march] I am
aware of,” producer Tony Martinez said.
Tony Martinez, a native of Santa
Fe, is news director of Fox Sports Net in Dallas,
Texas. He and Scott Henry have won Emmy and Peabody
awards for their work.
The feature-length documentary
runs one hour and 45 minutes, with 80 minutes of
original music by composer Ray Machado of Dallas.