Production still from "The Manzanar Fishing Club."

LONG BEACH — The world premiere of “The Manzanar Fishing Club” will take place during the 2012 Fred Show: The Ultimate Outdoor Experience on Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m. at Cinemark at the Pike, 99 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach.

Six years in the making, “The Manzanar Fishing Club” presents a unique perspective on freedom, set in California’s famed Eastern Sierra.

A documentary feature about the stealth fishermen at the World War II internment camp in eastern California, “The Manzanar Fishing Club” is the untold story of the Japanese Americans who defied the armed guards, barbed wire and searchlights to find dignity and freedom fishing for trout in the surrounding lakes and streams of the Sierra Nevada.

The Fred Hall Show is the world’s largest annual consumer fishing expo and runs from March 7-11 at the Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. Free tickets to the world premiere are available at the “Manzanar Fishing Club” booth at the show on March 7 and 8 while they last. The Cinemark at the Pike is adjacent to the Convention Center.

“We’re thrilled to be launching ‘The Manzanar Fishing Club’ in conjunction with the Fred Hall Show,” said director Cory Shiozaki. “As we prepare the film for theatrical release, this is the ideal venue for generating audience awareness and interest.”

Added screenwriter Richard Imamura, “This year marks our third appearance at Fred Hall, and we wanted to do something special to show our appreciation for the support and encouragement we have received from the fishing community.”

The world premiere is presented by the Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center, with added support from the Eastern Sierra Fishing Coalition.

A Barbed Wire to Barbed Hooks LLC production, “The Manzanar Fishing Club” is produced by Shiozaki, Imamura, Lester Chung and John Gengl. The executive producer is Alan Sutton.

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