A Japanese immigrant who made a lasting impact on the Appalachian Mountain region is remembered.
THE MYSTERY OF GEORGE MASA chronicles the life of George Masa, a Japanese immigrant who became well known in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina as a great photographer, hiker and explorer. A major character in Ken Burns' The National Park: America's Best Idea series to air in September 2009, this is the complete story of Masa who was instrumental in the founding of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the mapping and building of the Appalachian Trail. But his mysterious past, his untimely death, and the passage of time have clouded our knowledge and appreciation of George Masa. Until now. THE MYSTERY OF GEORGE MASA recaptures many interesting details about Masa's life, work, and influential friends, as well as his lasting impact on the preservation movement. Told through interviews with a few living acquaintances, historians' accounts, Masa's own words from personal letters and journals, subtle re-creations, and a wonderful collection of the subject's own photographs, THE MYSTERY OF GEORGE MASA uncovers many of the secrets that surround this immigrant's story.