Daily screenings of the exhibition film short Mamo’s Weeds will be presented in the Terasaki Orientation Theater. The film and other shorts about Japanese American gardeners and their gardens are available on the exhibition DVD through the Museum Store.
Terasaki Orientation Theater
This dramatic film tells the story of a kibei gardener besieged with a destructive weed epidemic and mysterious phone calls. Searching for answers, he travels from the Southern California Gardeners’ Federation to a retro Little Tokyo chop suey house to the lawns of Japanese American neighborhoods, only to discover that the weeds are keys to both his past and his future. Mamo’s Weeds, directed and produced by the Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center, features a screenplay by award-winning writer Naomi Hirahara and the talents of veteran actors Ken Takemoto, Sab Shimono, and Rodney Kageyama.
A special screening will be held on August 25, 2007, at 2:00 PM, followed by a panel discussion featuring Hirahara and director Akira Boch.
Read The Making of Mamo's Weeds: Mystery of an L.A. Gardener's Life by Naomi Hirahara on DiscoverNikkei.org to learn about the making of the film.
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