Young dancers are shown as part of a Nisei Week ondo in a scene from “Little Tokyo 1930s Home Movie,” a compilation of home movies by Akira Kawasaki. (Visual Communications Photographic Archive)
A pair of revealing silent home movies from the 1930s and early 1970s that illuminate the growth and vitality of Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo will be screened as part of Takachizu, a unique ongoing pop-up exhibition space organized by +Lab, a creative community development strategy of the Little Tokyo Service Center, and curated by Visual Communications, the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center.
“Community Treasures, Then and Then,” set for Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Vida Group, 249 S. Los Angeles St. (between Second and Third streets), is a special program organized by Visual Communications that showcases works that have been digitized from original 16mm film prints in a unique partnership with the California Audio/Visual Preservation Project (CAVPP). It is presented in conjunction with Takachizu, a Sustainable Little Tokyo project initiated by +Lab to create a community gathering space to identify, reflect and preserve that which is valued in the Little Tokyo community.