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2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

In Plain Sight

Directed by Robert Shoji

USA / 2017 / 7 mins / English / B&W, Color

Plays In:
Digital Histories 2017: Past Informs the Future

Aratani Theatre
April 30, 2017 2:00 pm


Rumors of local surface-to-air missile installations have been circulating in Los Angeles’ South Bay area for decades. Armed with high explosive warheads, these Nike missiles were just one military order away from being launched over the cities of Torrance and Redondo Beach. This film documents the search for places and histories one never knew existed in one’s own backyard.

Director's Bio

Robert Shoji was born in Chicago and now resides in Torrance, CA. Married with one son, Robert graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in electrical engineering. For over 20 years, Robert managed the design and execution of automotive sound systems for some of the largest OEM suppliers. He is an avid music enthusiast and audiophile. This is his second Digital Histories film. 


Director: Robert Shoji

Plays in

  1. Digital Histories 2017: Past Informs the Future

    Shorts Programs / 60 mins
    The stories from the past, help inform the future. The Digital Histories program engages the passion of our elders to tell their stories and learn the craft of filmmaking. This year the Digital Histories filmmakers not only told their stories through the documentary form but as well as experimental and narrative shorts. - Gary Gabisan

    Preceded by: A Step Forward

    In This Program: Stop And Smell The Roses, A Matter of Truth, In Plain Sight, Returning to Heart Mountain, With a Little Help From My Friend, Wasteful, Inside Nihon Buyo, Tiffany – The Art of Coming Out, My Chinese Southern Roots – Before Lynwood, Our Torrance Farm – Life Before Lynwood

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Plays In:
Digital Histories 2017: Past Informs the Future

Aratani Theatre
April 30, 2017 2:00 pm