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Saturday, July 7, 2018
2:00 PM

Film Screening and Discussion—Loving (2016)

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This historical drama is based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose 1958 arrest for interracial marriage in Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court’s historic 1967 decision that invalidated state anti-miscegenation laws.

Panel discussion to follow screening, moderated by hapa.me creator Kip Fulbeck and with panelists Ken Tanabe and Catherine Leung of Loving Day, the world’s largest network of multiethnic community celebrations. Tanabe is its founder.

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

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

In conjunction with the exhibition hapa.me – 15 years of the hapa project
Saturday, June 16, 2018
2:00 PM

Film Screening and Discussion—The Ito Sisters: An American Story

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This engaging 2017 documentary from director Antonia Grace Glenn focuses on the experiences of Issei and Nisei women whose voices have largely been excluded from American history. At the heart of the film are three Nisei sisters: Natsuye (Nancy), Haruye (Lillian), and Hideko (Hedy), who were born on a farm in the Sacramento River Delta and whose lives were directly impacted by significant historical events such as the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, the Great Depression, and World War II.

Their narratives are set against the backdrop of the anti-Japanese movement in California, which culminated in the forced evacuation and incarceration of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast. Interviewed in their 80s and 90s, the three sisters are colorful and memorable characters, recalling stories of humor, hardship, and heartbreak.

The screening will be followed by a discussion between the filmmaker and Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Professor of the Graduate School at the University of California, Berkeley, and Michael Omi, Associate Professor of Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Included with museum admission.

Due to high demand for this program, we have arranged for an overflow space adjacent to the Tateuchi Democracy Forum and are now accepting additional RSVPs.

NOTE: Check-in and seating for the program will begin a half hour before the show, at 1:30 p.m. At 1:45 p.m., all remaining seating in the Forum will be first come, first served, regardless of any RSVPs. Once Forum seating is filled, an overflow seating will be opened up in an adjacent space with a live-feed of the audio and video of the program.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

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 a live set.

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

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

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

You can read two interviews with Konrad Aderer about his film on Discover Nikkei:

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 an interview with filmmaker Renee Tajima-Peña about her thoughts on the program, cultural hybridity, the immigrant experience, Asian diasporas, indie film, and other topics.

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

Saturday, January 20, 2018
2:00 PM

Film Screening and Q&A—Mifune: The Last Samurai

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Mifune: The Last Samurai, a new film by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki, explores the accidental movie career of Toshiro Mifune, one of the true giants of world cinema.

Mifune made 16 remarkable films with director Akira Kurosawa during the golden age of Japanese cinema, including Rashomon (1950), Seven Samurai (1954), and Yojimbo (1961). Together they thrilled audiences and influenced filmmaking around the world, providing direct inspiration for the iconic 1960 Western The Magnificent Seven; Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood’s breakout 1964 movie, A Fistful of Dollars; and even George Lucas’ 1977 blockbuster hit, Star Wars.

The filmmaker will be present for a Q&A following the screening.

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

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Please note that the 2018 Women’s March takes place in downtown Los Angeles on the morning of January 20. Street closures will be in place and traffic and parking may be affected.

 

 

 

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