A special program of cinematic works by and about Japanese American senior filmmakers will be showcased as part of a collaboration between Visual Communications, the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, and Sustainable Little Tokyo as part of opening weekend activities for Nisei Week 2018.
The program, “Home Is in the Heart,” set for Saturday, Aug. 11, at 1:30 and 4 p.m. at 341 FSN (formerly the Matsumura Gift Shop, in the heart of Little Tokyo’s historic First Street North), is organized by VC and SLT to uplift the creative voices of seniors in the Japanese American community. It will be hosted by VC staff and interns and feature a Q&A with the directors after the screenings.
“The concept of ‘home’ seems to be under assault, given a new wave of community redevelopment and displacement,” said Abraham Ferrer, VC archives and distribution manager and co-curator of “Home Is in the Heart.” “Thankfully, the artists of our Digital Histories senior filmmaking program are able to articulate the stories that celebrate the Little Tokyo community as well as those communities of Crenshaw, East L.A., and Orange County, and tell us why these communities are valuable and worth preserving for future generations.”
Added VC Exhibitions Associate Yong-Yi Chiang, “We’re excited to share these special films with the audiences that come and visit Little Tokyo. The works by VC’s Digital Histories filmmakers speak to the social and cultural forces that affect Little Tokyo and the larger Asian American communities in ways that can’t be told in any form other than through cinema.”
The program will include the following films:
341 FSN is located at 341 E. First St. All films presented in this program are underwritten by grants from Sony Pictures Entertainment, the Aratani Foundation, and individual donors. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.; a reception will be held in between the two screenings at 2:30 p.m. To RSVP, visit http://vconline.org/homeinheart. For additional program information, call (213) 680-4462.