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Series: Film Screenings

All programs are free for JANM members and included with admission for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change.

Reservations are recommended for most programs; you may use the links below. You may also RSVP by emailing rsvp@janm.org or calling 213.625.0414 at least 48 hours in advance. Please indicate the name, date, and time of the program, as well as your name and the number of people in your party. (RSVPs are not accepted for Family Festivals). For all ticketed events (classes, workshops, food tours, etc.), pre-payment is required to hold your space. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refund will be issued.

 

Saturday, January 27, 2018
12:30 PM

Film Screening and Discussion—Unsettled: Two Films of Japanese Peru

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The Japanese diaspora in Peru has its roots in a vital and restless history that extends back to arrival of the first migrant laborers at Lima’s Callao Seaport. In this program presented in conjunction with Transpacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Diaspora in Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and São Paulo, two filmmakers take personal journeys into the Japanese Peruvian experience, uncovering captivating stories of migrants and artists, dissidents and dictators.

Kaori Flores Yonekura’s Nikkei (2011) is an exploration of the filmmaker’s family history in the Americas, while Ann Kaneko’s Against the Grain (2008) documents the work of four artists who defy decades of civil war and tyranny to reimagine Peruvian visual culture. Among those artists is Eduardo Tokeshi, whose work is featured in Transpacific Borderlands.

This program is curated by Renee Tajima-Peña, an Oscar-nominated filmmaker and professor of Asian American Studies at UCLA who will moderate a Q&A with Kaneko and Tokeshi following the screening.

Included with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Read a 2010 interview with Kaori Flores Yonekura about her film on Discover Nikkei.

Saturday, February 10, 2018
2:00 PM

Film Screening and Discussion—Resistance at Tule Lake

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This new documentary from director/producer Konrad Aderer tells the long-suppressed story of 12,000 Japanese Americans who dared to resist the US government’s program of mass incarceration during World War II. Giving voice to experiences that have been marginalized for over 70 years, the film challenges the nationalist, one-sided ideal of wartime “loyalty.” Panel with the filmmakers will follow the screening.

Included with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Read a 2015 interview with Konrad Aderer about the film project.

Saturday, February 24, 2018
2:00 PM

Film Screening and Discussion—Our Man in Tokyo (The Ballad of Shin Miyata)

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Join us for the premiere screening of a new documentary film exploring the struggles and obsessions of Shin Miyata, a Tokyo–based record label owner, music promoter, and cultural ambassador who has been distributing Chicano music and bringing East Los Angeles bands to Japan for nearly 20 years.

The film explores Miyata’s personal connection to East LA, the joys and difficulties of introducing authentic and diverse representations of Chicano culture to Japan, and the conscious efforts Miyata has made to break stereotypes on both sides of the Pacific.

Directed by Akira Boch, Our Man in Tokyo is a production of JANM’s Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center. Screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Miyata, who is flying in from Tokyo for this event, Boch, and the members of El Haru Kuroi, an East LA trio whose unique compositions draw from their upbringing in the city as well as elements of Mexican, South American, African, and American jazz music. El Haru Kuroi will also perform.

Included with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

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