DisOrient 2023

Shorts Program: Nikkei Generation - JA Voices - Virtual

Expired March 20, 2023 6:59 AM
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The life of Francis Uyemastu, a Japanese immigrant, told through the words of Mary Uyematsu Kao, his granddaughter, and Chuck Currier, a local historian and former teacher. Francis Uyematsu created a successful flower nursery, owning over 130 acres of land, until the Japanese Internment during World War II, where he was forced to sell his land. Entire neighborhoods now sit on his former land, filled with hundreds of homes and high schools, and the flowers he created are no longer his.

Director - Maddox Chuen Won Chen

Maddox Chen is a filmmaker, animator and actor originally from New York City. Currently, he lives in Los Angeles where he is a high school senior. His work has been published in the New York Times and its corresponding book, Coming of Age in 2020. His film, “Grandpa Cherry Blossom,” has garnered numerous awards from film festivals and competitions, including YoungArts and IndieFEST. As an actor, he has been featured in several national commercials. This fall, Maddox will be pursuing a major in Film and Television Production at New York University.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    8 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Maddox Chuen Won Chen
  • Screenwriter
    Maddox Chuen Won Chen
  • Producer
    Maddox Chuen Won Chen
  • Cast
    Chuck Currier, Mary Uyematsu Kao