A film about top-secret WWII history will come halfway around the world to Brentwood on November 16.
The Byron Hot Springs, once a well-known resort spa that attracted the rich and famous from far and wide, has been crumbling for years. Between its life as a resort and its current state of disrepair, however, Byron Hot Springs served as an interrogation center for Japanese prisoners of war.
Codenamed Camp Tracy, the center hosted more than 2,000 soldiers and obtained information on Japan's military bases and ports, ships, order of battle, industries and morale.
That story is told in a special documentary produced by a Japanese film company and shot on location in Byron, Washington D.C. and San Francisco, and it's coming to the Delta Theater in Brentwood. The film analyzes the interrogation reports and other documents from Camp Tracy.
First broadcast last year on public television in Japan, the 60-minute film is spoken in Japanese with English subtitles. This will be its first presentation in the United States.
A meet-and-greet event with members of the East Contra Costa and Tracy historical societies and special guests will be held after the screening at the CoCo Wine Company next to the theater.
Audience members are asked to contribute a suggested donation of $5. For more information or to make a reservation, call Virginia Karlberg, East Contra Costa Historical Society, at 925-513-1281 or e-mail email@example.com, or call Jean Shipman, Tracy Historical Society, at 209-835-8933 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.