Join us for a mini-film festival of four short films and a panel discussion to kick off Okaeri 2018!
Moderator: Laurin Mayeno
Panelists: Aiden Aizumi, Tina Takemoto, Janet Uradomo, Rev. Allison Mark
STORIES FROM OUR NIKKEI FAITH COMMUNITY (work in progress)
Produced by Divercity Productions
Five Nikkei clergy reflect on why they support LGBTQ community members and their hopes for the future. For those who have been rejected by the church, this short video brings a feeling of acceptance and inclusion from both Christian and Buddhist leaders.
ACTING AS IF : THE SAB SHIMONO STORY (work in progress)
Directed and Produced by Tina Takemoto, Queer Camp Productions
“Acting As If” presents the untold story of acclaimed Japanese American actor Sab Shimono, who performed over 150 roles on Broadway, film, and television and in theater. This rare portrait reveals Sab Shimono’s lifelong commitment to the craft of acting, his struggles against racism and homophobia, and his journey to express what he has never been able to portray on screen.
A LOVE LETTER
Directed and Produced by Barney Cheng
In this film, we meet two Japanese American families - the Aizumis and the Uradomos. Each family shares their journey of understanding, acceptance, and love for their transgender children.
A MOTHER’S PROMISE: YOU CAN BE YOURSELF
Produced by Margaret Cheatham Williams, New York Times, Producer (nytimes.com/ conception)
In this animated short, Laurin Mayeno tells her story about becoming a mother
under difficult circumstances, making an important promise to her newborn son, and struggling to keep that promise throughout his childhood. The film is part of a New York Times six-part series on motherhood.