RICHMOND — A series of free programs related to the imprisonment of Japanese-Americans during World War II starts next weekend.

The series at the Visitor Education Center of Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historical Park opens with screenings of the one-hour documentary “Children of the Camps” at 2 p.m. March 20 and 3 p.m. March 21.

The film, originally made and broadcast on PBS in 1999, “portrays the poignant stories of six Japanese-Americans who were imprisoned as children in War Relocation Authority Camps during World War II.”

The March 21 showing will include an introduction and Q&A session with Dr. Satsuki Ina, a university professor and therapist and the film’s director. Ina was born in the Tule Lake Segregation Center.

A second film, “Hidden Legacy: Traditional Japanese Performing Arts in the World War II Internment,” will be presented at 2 p.m. April 10 and 11 at the Visitor Education Center.

The film by koto player Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto-Wong “tells the story of how traditional Japanese cultural arts were maintained in the internment camps during World War II.”

Psychologist and author Loriene Honda will discuss “the long-term physical and intergenerational socio-emotional effects of the camp experience on Japanese-Americans” and discuss her family history related to the camps that inspired her to write a children’s book at a program at noon April 18.

Honda, whose father was a teenager when he was incarcerated at Manzanar, wrote the children’s book “The Cat Who Chose to Dream,” a story set in a relocation center.

The program is recommended for school-age children, as well as adults.

Seating is limited for the programs, and reservations are required. Call 510-232-5050, ext. 0 and leave your name and phone number, and specify which date you would like to attend.

The Visitor Education Center is at 1414 Harbour Way South, Suite 3000, in Richmond. For directions, visit