Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest

Immigration Stories package includes 6 films

Expired October 12, 2020 6:59 AM
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The surprisingly funny coming-of-age story of one Japanese-American undocumented immigrant. When Atsuko Okatsuka was a child in Japan, she thought America was just a giant theme park. When she was 10, her family flew to the States for a "2 month vacation" and never left. They were undocumented, but nobody ever told Atsuko that. Growing up as an undocumented Japanese-American was confusing. There were exciting discoveries--like ranch dressing and basketball--but also a constant feeling of not belonging. Tragedy breeds comedy, and today Atsuko is a successful stand-up comedian, listed by Vulture magazine as a Comedian to Watch in 2018. Her story is a testament to the diversity of undocumented immigrants' experiences. We might not think of airplanes or ranch dressing when we think of undocumented immigration, but maybe we should.

Director Biography - William Johnston

Born in Connecticut but raised on the Central Coast of California, William Johnston-Carter graduated from Chapman University with a BFA in Film Production in 2014. After college, William interned for the documentary filmmaker Robert Kenner (Food Inc) before spending two years with AmeriCorps. In 2017, he southbound through-hiked the Appalachian Trail, 2,189 miles from Maine to Georgia. He now works at Define American, a leading immigration-rights nonprofit.

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    William Johnston-Cater