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A Song Film by Kishi Bashi: Omoiyari

Directed by Justin Taylor Smith, Kaoru Ishibashi

74 MIN

2022

United States

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English, Japanese

Subtitles: English

Featuring a Q&A moderated by Artist Foundry Manager, Amanda Madden, and the film’s directors, Kishi Bashi and Justin Taylor Smith.

Violinist and songwriter Kaoru Ishibashi travels on a musical journey to understand WWII era Japanese Incarceration, assimilation, and what it means to be a minority in America today. When a media interview links the muslim ban and the immigration crisis at the USA-Mexico border with the incarceration of Japanese-Americans during WWII, Ishibashi goes on a journey to learn about this history and its relevance. Along the way, he improvises and writes music in an effort to better understand his own identity as a bi-cultural American.

Using never before seen archival footage from the camps, mixed with breathtaking visual storytelling, Kishi Bashi, weaves a story using history, music and current events to create a portrait of America from the perspective of someone caught between two worlds.

Utah Filmmaker Showcase screenings are presented in partnership with: 

Awards

Audience Award-2022 Los Angeles Asian American Film Festival
Best Documentary-2022 Disorient Asian American Film Festival

Official Selection:

2022 SXSW
2022 Los Angeles Asian American Film Festival
2022 MountainFilm
2022 Disorient Asian American Film Festival
2023 Woodstock

Artist Foundry, Utah Filmmaker Showcase

April 3, 2024 at 7:00 pm
The City Library

Featuring a Q&A moderated by Artist Foundry Manager, Amanda Madden, and the film’s directors, Kishi Bashi and Justin Taylor Smith.

FREE

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