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2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Digital Histories 2017: Past Informs the Future

Shorts Programs / 60 mins

Digital Histories 2017: Past Informs the Future

Aratani Theatre
April 30, 2017 2:00 pm


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


Community Partners: Filipino Migrant Center, Sustainable Little TokyoL.A. Chinatown Firecracker Run Committee, Inc.

In This Program

  1. Stop And Smell The Roses

    Tracy Quan-Nichols / USA / 2017 / 5 mins
    The phrase, "Stop and smell the roses," is heard by many. But how many of us experience it first hand?

  2. A Matter of Truth

    Steve Nagano / USA / 2017 / 10 mins
    “What is the truth?” is something that Americans today have to grapple with given the bombardment of alternative facts and fake news. Looking back affords the opportunity to look at our government’s propaganda and the stark reality of America’s concentration camps. Incarceree’s words are in sharp contrast with the government’s propaganda shedding light upon what really happened in the concentration camps.

  3. In Plain Sight

    Robert Shoji / USA / 2017 / 7 mins
    IN PLAIN SIGHT is about the surprising discovery of missile installations in the director’s own backyard.

  4. Returning to Heart Mountain

    Fran Ito / USA / 2012 / 5 mins
    RETURNING TO HEART MOUNTAIN chronicles my journey with former internees and friends to attend the dedication of Heart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center in Wyoming.

  5. With a Little Help From My Friend

    Jeannie Wong / USA / 2017 / 5 mins
    While on vacation in Puerto Rico, we saw a beautiful waterfall. We stopped to take a better look. Some people decided to climb up.

  6. Wasteful

    George Takaki / USA / 2017 / 4 mins
    In an alleyway in Little Tokyo, a conflict arises between two segments of society. The conflict escalates, until one of the antagonists quickly settles things.

  7. Inside Nihon Buyo

    NJ Nakamura / USA / 2017 / 5 mins
    Nihon Buyo is Japanese Classical Dance. What is the future for the 17th century Azuma style of dance in modern day Los Angeles?

  8. Tiffany – The Art of Coming Out

    Michi Tanioka / USA / 2017 / 8 mins
    A courageous young woman shares her journey of how she tried to hide her gayness and her eventual coming out.

  9. My Chinese Southern Roots – Before Lynwood

    Gerald Chow / USA / 2017 / 5 mins
    Calvin Chow was a classmate of mine at Lynwood High School from 1968 to 1971. He was born and raised in Mississippi at the peak of the civil rights movement. Calvin describes living in a society where he was "not black and not white, but somewhere in between."

  10. Our Torrance Farm – Life Before Lynwood

    Gerald Chow / USA / 2017 / 5 mins
    Ed Kanemoto describes his idyllic life growing up on a farm in Torrance, California in the late 1940s and '50s. He and his family eventually left their farm because of rapidly encroaching housing developments in the area, and relocated to Lynwood, California, where they opened a gardening and nursery business.

Preceded By

  1. A Step Forward

    Eric Tandoc / USA / 2017 / 20 mins
    Filipino senior citizens in Westside Long Beach find community by forming a weekly Walking Club.

    Precedes: Digital Histories 2017: Past Informs the Future

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Dates & Times

Digital Histories 2017: Past Informs the Future

Aratani Theatre
April 30, 2017 2:00 pm