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The wartime incarceration and its consequences are captured in creative and artistic shorts in this program, from an animated short on the Japanese Canadian incarceration, to history caught through the lens of a treasured household item, to a short narrative tying Native Americans and Japanese Americans, to a quest for identity and purpose by taiko legends.

The history of a Japanese Canadian fisherman during WWII. The film explores how trauma can fester and family stories can remain unspoken for generations. However, the younger generation is able to reconcile their grief and feel empowered to tell their family history.


NATALIE MURAO is a Yonsei (fourth generation) Japanese Canadian filmmaker and educator based in “Vancouver." She aims to expand the notion of Asian diasporic cinema by creating an in-betweenness of styles that embody the diaspora itself. Her films have played at Sundance, TIFF Next Wave, Palm Springs ShortFest and more. In tandem with filmmaking, she has facilitated educational programs for local institutes such as The Cinematheque and VIFF.

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  • Runtime
    5 minutes
  • Director
    Natalie Murao