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Musician Kishi Bashi discovers the incarceration experience, and what it means to be a minority in America in this songfilm.

Violinist and songwriter Kishi Bashi embarks on a musical journey to understand WWII era Japanese Incarceration, assimilation, and what it means to be a minority in America today. Followed by performance by Kishi Bashi.


KISHI BASHI is the pseudonym of Kaoru Ishibashi, an internationally acclaimed Japanese American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Having graduated from the Berklee College of Music with a degree in film scoring, Kishi Bashi has been rapidly bridging the gap between pop music and orchestral music. A virtuoso improvising violinist, he has toured with and collaborated with Regina Spektor and indie band of Montreal, and has appeared on most late night TV shows (including SNL, David Letterman, Conan, and Jimmy Fallon). His original music has been featured on major commercial TV campaigns and films (Microsoft, Samsung, American Express, Target, Apple). In 2012, NPR Music named Kishi Bashi "Best New Artist.” “Omoiyari” is his first documentary feature film.

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  • Runtime
    74 minutes
  • Director
    Kaoru Ishibashi / Justin Taylor Smith