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Asians on Film Festival of Shorts 2017

Saturday 1PM

Saturday 1PM Screening

South Park Center
January 21, 2017 1:00 pm


In This Program

  1. Imperative Shift – Fukushima, Tip of the Iceberg

    Yoko Kubota / Documentary / USA / 14 mins
    The current situation as a result of the Fukushima Nuclear disaster, exposes the worldwide problems in the nuclear power industry. Can the global community come together to address this critical issue facing humanity?

  2. Master of the Sky: The Life and Art of Sam Koji Hale

    Sumiko Braun / Documentary / USA / 11 mins
    A compelling portrait of an inspiring and innovative artist transcending the boundaries of puppetry and filmmaking.

  3. One-Two-One-Seven: A Story of Japanese Internment

    Brett Kodama / Documentary / USA / 13 mins
    On February 19th, 1942, Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, a bill which allowed the military to forcibly move people of Japanese ancestry into designated "Relocation Centers" during World War II. Over 100,000 people (citizen and alien alike) were "evacuated" in the name of national security with no legitimate reasoning beyond war time hysteria. Among the internees was Shizuko Okazaki (now Sharon Shizuko Okazaki Kodama). She was only three years old when she and her family were incarcerated at the Manzanar Relocation Center in 1942. The number 1217 refers to the Family ID Number issued to the Okazaki family during their incarceration. Her story is just one of many from this forgotten and often ignored part of American History.

  4. Dancing Through Life: The Dorothy Toy Story

    Rick Quan / Documentary / USA / 26 mins
    99 year old Dorothy Toy Fong is a living dance legend. She began as a child after a vaudeville theater manager noticed her dancing in front of her parent's restaurant. During the 1930's, 40's and 50's, she teamed up with Paul Wing and would eventually become the most famous Asian American dance duo in this country's history. Known for dancing on her toes, she developed a unique, athletic style of performing. Toy and Wing were pioneers, performing on Broadway and in Hollywood films. They were also the first Asian Americans to dance at the London Palladium. Dorothy, whose real last name is Takahashi, continued to perform during World War Two, although her parents and relatives were all sent to an internment camp in Topaz, Utah. From the 1960's to the mid 70's, Dorothy managed and performed with her Oriental Playgirl Revue, which traveled throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, South America and Asia. She also ran a dance studio in the basement of her Oakland home, where she taught hundreds of children how to dance. Now as she approaches the century mark, this documentary looks back on her amazing life.

  5. Nepal Earthquake: Heroes, Survivors and Miracles (Bhagyale Bachekaharu)

    Ganesh Panday / Documentary / Nepal / 45 mins
    NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE - On 25 April 2015 at 11:56 local time, a devastating (7.8) earthquake struck Nepal with an epicenter in Barpak, a village of Gorkha district, 144 km northwest, of Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal that left 9,000 dead, hundreds of thousands of people injured, missing, and/or homeless, with more than half million houses destroyed. On May 12 another powerful earthquake (7.3) magnitude struck Nepal again with an epicenter in Dolakha district, 75 km east from Kathmandu, in which many historic buildings collapsed, temples ruined, roads destroyed and transportation halted and life was completely paralyzed. Ganesh Pandey, a prominent Broadcast Journalist and Award Winning filmmaker, focuses his documentary on the miraculous stories of seven survivors through live footage and interviews. Survivors included in the documentary include four-month-old Sonis Awal, who was rescued alive 22 hours after being buried under the rubble of his five-story house; Babita Sedhai, who beat death despite falling down from Dharahara; Pemba Tamang, who was rescued after being trapped for 112 hours; ninth grader Priya BK who lost her leg; Shiva Kumari Khaggi, a 75 year old woman; and Rishi Khanal who survived for four days in rubble by drinking his own urine .

Dates & Times

Saturday 1PM Screening

South Park Center
January 21, 2017 1:00 pm