Digital Histories 2021

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Filmmakers in attendance. Film program will be followed by Q&A

Always a must-see at LAAPFF, the films created in Visual Communications’ Digital Histories program center the unique voices and perspectives of older adults, some veterans of the program and others brand new to the medium. Despite the year in lockdown and the continued safety measures, these filmmakers were undeterred and managed to create works that highlight their creativity, thoughtfulness, humor, and commitment to telling their stories. These films are testaments to a year of reflection and survival, informed by experience, and infused by the individual spirit of each of their creators. — Joel Quizon

In this program


I’M STILL HERE

Directed by George Wada

For Vietnamese immigrants, recent events in Afghanistan bring back vivid memories of escaping the fall of Saigon.

DO YOU LOVE ME?

Directed by Teresa Matsushima

A young girl searches for her estranged father to see if he loves her.

EATING TAMALES WITH CHOPSTICKS

Directed by Jeff Chop

Learn about Rubén Funkahuatl Guevara, the “Chicano Culture Sculptor.”

EYE OF THE NEEDLE

Directed by Joe Virata

Age takes its toll on us all, affecting the choices we make and the actions we take.

FRAN

Directed by Robert Shoji

With her infectious laugh and great sense of humor, Pearl Harbor survivor Fran Ito answers a series of questions designed to reveal her outlook on life.

KAERU

Directed by Don Bannai

Learn about Trace Tres Fukuhara, an artist known for the Pacific Wind Sculpture Garden in Long Beach, California.

LAURIE LEWIS – “MANZANAR”

Directed by Jeff Chop

A music video featuring archival photos and personal photos.

PAPER SON

Directed by Patty Fong

When the Fong family is threatened by uncertainty and unrest, they make the best of the situation by sending their children to another country.

PUTTING THEM WHERE THEY COULD DO NO HARM

Directed by Steve Nagano

An argument for the removal of the name “Fletcher Bowron” from a public square in Los Angeles.

THE CONVERSATION

Directed by Joe Virata

Using 50 year old 8mm film, a family’s story and immigration narrative are explored in this intergenerational conversation.

YEAR OF THE PLAGUE

Directed by Fran Ito

During a global pandemic, Fran finds a way to enjoy life and celebrate her 88th birthday.

Dates & Times
Tateuchi Democracy Forum @ JANM

Sunday | September 26, 2021
12:00 pm

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