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Directed by Kenji Tsukamoto

Cast: Ashima Shiraishi, Chris Sharma, Miko Shiraishi, Poppo Shiraishi

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

Deep gratitude to all of our community organizations for the work that they lead. Special thanks to Asian American Documentary Network for their help in promoting this program.

ASHIMA is an intimate portrait of elite rock climber Ashima Shiraishi as she travels to South Africa to try to become the youngest person in the world to climb a V14 graded boulder problem. Accompanying Ashima is Poppo, an eccentric, hermit-like, retired avante-garde dancer, who also happens to be her father. Emotional and rooted in character, ASHIMA is a love letter not only to climbing, but to immigrant parents and the realization of the American Dream.

Producer: Minji Chang, Dave Boyle, Roy Choi, Kenji Tsukamoto
Executive Producer: Bryn Mooser, Laura Choi Raycroft, Jean Tsien, David Magdael
Director of Photography: Kenji Tsukamoto
Editor: Samuel J. Rong, Victoria Chalk, Kelly Nickels, Boston McConnoughey
Composer: TOKiMONSTA, Travis Stewart
Sound Designer: Stephen Urata

Dates & Times


Democracy Center @ JANM

Sun, May 5
2:00 pm