New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2023

Shorts Program #1: Bowling for Eva, Resettlement: Chicago Story, Boxed, A Spot For Frog, Falls Cry, The Chosen One, Separation Anxiety-Online for 24 Hours and In-Person at 7PM!

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Resettlement: Chicago Story - Reina Higashitani (Chicago, Illinois)

Several years after the U.S. government’s forced incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII, the Yamamoto family runs a struggling dry-cleaning business in Chicago. After getting into a physical altercation with another student at school, Mary is suspended and her chance of going to the upcoming dance contest now depends on getting back into her mother’s good graces. In order to win her mother’s favor, she helps out around the family business during her suspension. When a customer’s clothes go missing, Mary must come up with a plan to save face for the family. As a cinematic digital history project, Resettlement: Chicago Story is an original short narrative film that brings learners into a curated website and curriculum tool that maintains the world of the film while introducing primary and secondary sources that explain important concepts from the historical period. In English, Japanese, subtitled. 2022; 16 min.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    16 minutes
  • Language
    English, Japanese
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Reina Higashitani
  • Screenwriter
    Reina Higashitani, Eugene Sun Park
  • Producer
    Jason Matsumoto, , Yuki Solomon, Reina Higashitani
  • Filmmaker
    Reina Higashitani
  • Cast
    Lynn Masako Cheng, Natsuko Aoike, Toshio Hirano