Film Screenings Past Events
Frank H. Watase Family Media Arts Center Screenings
The Frank H. Watase Family Media Arts Center has produced award-winning films to enhance the visitor experience for more than a decade. Select works from the video library will screen in the George & Sakaye Aratani Central Hall followed by comments from Watase Media Arts Center staff.
10:30am - Plantation Roots, 1997
"King" Sugar and its plantations recruited Japanese, along with other ethnic groups to Hawai`i as cheap labor in the mid-late 1800s. Plantation Roots shows how vestiges of the plantation experience can still be seen in Hawaii's community, culture, and business.
11:30am - Dear Miss Breed, 2000
Dear Miss Breed tells the story of Clara Breed, a librarian who became a hero to Japanese American youth incarcerated during WWII.
1:00pm - Top of Their Game, 2000
Top of Their Game profiles well known and little-known heroes from diverse sports, different eras, and three generations.
2:00pm - Words, Weavings & Songs, 2002
Words, Weavings & Songs describes how Wakako Yamauchi, Momo Nagano, and Mary Kageyama survived the WWII concentration camps with unrelenting creative expression.
3:00pm - Toyo Miyatake: Infinite Shades of Gray, 2001
Elegant and penetrating, Toyo Miyatake: Infinite Shades of Gray positions this immigrant photographer within the canon of American art.
Film Screening—Better Luck Tomorrow: Genesis
A documentary screening illustrating how the independent film Better Luck Tomorrow became a hit movie in the Spring of 2003 and gave renewed attention to Asian American Cinema. The movie (available on DVD and VHS this fall) was showcased in theaters nationally after receiving critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Director Justin Lin, actors from the film, and other principles involved in the genesis of Better Luck Tomorrow.
MOVING PICTURES: Toyo Miyatake
Little Tokyo's favorite son and legendary photographer Toyo Miyatake is the focus of this special program featuring the award-winning documentary, Toyo Miyatake: Infinite Shades of Gray, produced by the National Museum's Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center, a screening of never-before-seen home movies taken by Miyatake and the opening of a new exhibit of Miyatake vintage prints.
2:00 pm: Toyo Miyatake: Infinite Shades of Gray and special screening of Miyatake's home movies
at Aratani Japan America Theater
$8 JACCC & National Museum members, $10 General Admission
3:00 pm: Panel discussion with Karin Higa, Senior Curator of Art & Director of Curatorial/Exhibitions, Japanese American National Museum; Hirokazu Kosaka, Artist & Visual Arts Director, Japanese American Community & Cultural Center; Archie Miyatake, Toyo Miyatake's eldest son; Robert A. Nakamura, Director, Toyo Miyatake: Infinite Shades of Gray and Dennis Reed, Dean of Arts, L.A. Valley College. Moderated by Karen L. Ishizuka, Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum.
4:00 pm: Reception & Exhibition Opening. Music from Toyo Miyatake: Infinite Shades of Gray performed live by composer David Iwataki. JACCC Garden Room. Free to the Public
Fighting Separate Wars: Heroes Abroad, Outsiders at Home
Following the screening of excerpts from Looking Like the Enemy, directed by Robert Nakamura and written and produced by Karen Ishizuka, a diverse panel of World War II veterans look back and reflect on the experience of choosing to serve in the armed forces of a country in which their own civil rights were not (always) protected.
When You're Smiling: The Deadly Legacy of Internment
Film Screening, Part of Nationhood, History, and Cinema Film Series
Award-winning filmmaker Janice Tanaka documents the personal story of her family as they struggled through the harsh post camp years. This autobiographical documentary explores the dark side of life for working-class Japanese Americans living in racially mixed South Central Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s. The film offers the first comprehensive account of the price subsequent generations paid for the denial of ethnic identity in the aftermath of Japanese American incarceration during World War II. Tanaka will be joined by Dr. Lon Kurashige, Professor of History, USC and John Esaki of the National Museum's Media Arts Center, to answer questions from the audience.
Struggle and Success: The African American Experience in Japan
Struggle and Success: The African American Experience in Japan is the first documentary to thoroughly examine the complex relationships of African Americans and Japanese people. Reggie Life, executive producer and director, initially went to Japan as an Artist Fellow with the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and Bunka-Cho. He is the recipient of many awards including a CINE Golden Eagle.