2014 / “Issei” documentary to be shown in UCLA, May 8, 4-6 pm

Film Issei

Documentary film “Issei: The First Generation”

From UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies


New Visions of Japanese Cinema Series presents a free screening of Issei: The First Generation on Thursday, May 8, from 4 -6 pm at Broad Art Center in UCLA campus.  

Issei is a documentary film about the Japanese who, at the turn of the century, immigrated to the West Coast of the United States.  

These pioneering men and women tell their own stories of struggles and triumphs in a new land.
Filmed in 1983, in and around Walnut Grove, CA, Issei was shown only twice in 1984 on local television.  Buried in the vaults for thirty years, this unique film was produced by poet and film maker Toshi Washizu.  

With the help of UCLA’s Aratani Endowed Chair/Professor Lane Hirabayashi, film maker Washizu has generated a newly restored, wide-screen, digital version of the film, with English narration by Amy Hill and subtitles for Japanese interviews.  

Thursday, May 8
4:00 pm (doors open 3:30 pm)
Broad Art Center, EDA Room in UCLA campus

Doors open at 3:30 – Light refreshments provided 

Free Parking for the first 125 guests.   Please park in Lot 3.

RSVP at http://issei.eventbrite.com

Stay Afterwards for a Q&A with Director Toshi Washizu.

This event is supported by the Japan Foundation.