DIGITAL HISTORIES 2023
- Shorts Programs, VC Presents
- 90 mins
FREE/PAY WHAT YOU CAN
Filmmakers in attendance. Film program will be followed by Q&A.
Digital Histories is a mechanism for Asian and Pacific Islander older adults to use their unique voices and perspectives in sharing stories with the generations to come. Since its creation in 2003, Digital Histories has provided a professional and artistic work environment for underserved, ethnic-minority seniors in the Los Angeles-based Asian Pacific American community. Past documentary projects have focused on issues such as discovering and preserving family histories, coming to terms with a gay child, and senior love and dating.
This program seeks to engage the under- and misrepresented population of APAs in mainstream media in a visible way. Seniors are particularly marginalized, and a major outcome of this project is the development of a unique voice from each program participant. Digital Histories allows for the exhibition of these films to educate viewers about APA history in California and to illuminate how place helps shape identity and community.
In this program
A PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE
Directed by Fran Ito
In 2023, Fran Ito celebrated her 91st birthday. A positive attitude with a purpose driven life has helped her become a “Super Ager.” She is redefining aging.
SNIP SNIP SNAP IKEBANA SENSEI
Directed by Glen Tao
“SNIP SNIP SNAP Ikebana Sensei”: Aging matriarchs of a school for Japanese floral arrangement reflect on the future of this ancient art form in America.
Directed by Barbara Kagawa Shore
In a search for answers, the filmmaker discovers how the forced incarceration of Japanese Americans in 1942 led to two deaths in her family.
SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS
Directed by Robert M. Shoji
Grief is something we all experience but rarely discuss openly. I hope that by acknowledging and remembering someone important in my life, more conversations open up about grief.
PROFITS ENSLAVE THE WORLD: A SONG ACROSS GENERATIONS
Directed by Emilio J. Virata Jr.
In 1973, Chris Bautista put Philip Vera Cruz’ poem “Profits Enslave the World” to music, creating an anthem that connected generations.
MORE THAN A ROAST CHICKEN
Directed by Patty Fong
Patty is connected to her mother and her maternal grandmother every time she makes this simple roast chicken and potato recipe. Stories behind the dish reveal some of the Leong family history.
Directed by Don Bannai
Several veterans of the Vietnam War are followed as they walk in last year’s Los Angeles Nisei Week Parade 49 years after the end of the conflict.
WHEN I’M 64
Directed by George Wada
The process of getting old, recognizing the signs and accepting the stage of life.
MOCHI, STICKS US TOGETHER
Directed by Teresa Matsushima
A look into our family’s journey over the years and the joy we’ve had of becoming one, in making mochi. Experience a taste of our togetherness!
CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK
Directed by Barbara Woo
The story of a grandfather, a young artist, and life’s sweetest lessons.
THE TALE OF UNCLE FRANK AND STORIES FOR ANOTHER DAY
Directed by Stony Furutani
A story about a Japanese American born in the United States that goes to Japan to play baseball and ends up representing Japan in WWII.
A GLIMPSE OF ANTARCTICA
Directed by Hana Tong
Come along on a journey through the unique and spectacularly beautiful Antarctica. See amazing wildlife, majestic mountains and icebergs.
THERE IS NO STRAIGHT LINE IN LIFE
Directed by Tracy Quan Nichols
Featuring the San Gabriel Art Club, the film introduces the viewer to the unique arts and craft of “pour painting.”