Starting November 12, the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival will be showing independent films based on the lives and backgrounds of various Asian American Experiences. The festival is in its eighth year and is partnering with various venues around the city to bring the best viewing experience to the Philadelphia area. Among the films showing, there are a few that focus on Japanese Americans at different points in history.
Changing Seasons is a feature documentary that chronicles a transitional year in the life of famed farmer, slow food advocate, and Sansei (3rd-generation) David “Mas” Masumoto and his compelling relationship with daughter Nikiko, who returns to the family farm with the intention of stepping into her father’s work boots. With his daughter’s return, the family must navigate the implications of Mas’ 60th birthday and triple bypass surgery.
The Japan at War Shorts program explores the Japanese experience during WWII. Beginning with a challenging film about comfort women in the Imperial Japanese Army, we then watch a Japanese American family returning home after being incarcerated in an internment camp, and conclude with a short doc about Japanese war brides, who married American soldiers during the occupation.
The Vancouver Asahi follows Nisei (2nd-generation) Japanese Canadians as they form a baseball team that inspires their community to persevere in a time of upheaval.
You can find more information about these and other films showing at the festival by visiting http://phillyasianfilmfest.org/ .
The festival concludes November 22, so be sure to catch it before then!