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2017 Seattle Asian American Film Festival


Directed by Brett Kodama

Shorts / United States / 2016 / Documentary / 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 the filmmaker’s grandmother, who was only three years old at the time of her incarceration in the spring of 1942. The number “1217” refers to the Family ID Number issued to her and her family at the Manzanar Concentration Camp. Her story is just one of many from this forgotten and often ignored part of American History.

Director's Bio

Brett Ryoji Kodama is a Japanese-American filmmaker based in New York City. He graduated from The School of Visual Arts in 2015, earning a BFA in Film and Video, specializing in Film Editing. As part of his education, he learned all aspects of the filmmaking process, including writing, directing, cinematography, editing, etc. Currently he is working as a cinematographer and editor for various projects that include short films, weddings, TV pilots, and more. In addition, he recently released a short documentary about the Japanese Internment Camps that he shot and edited in honor of the Day of Remembrance (February 19th). The video already has over two thousand views online and has gained the attention of members within the Japanese-American community in Los Angeles.



    Matthew Hashiguchi / Features / United States / 2016 / Documentary / 63 mins
    "I don't want to be Japanese!" filmmaker Matthew Hashiguchi recalls yelling at his father. Growing up Japanese-American in a white Irish-Catholic neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio, Matthew wondered what made him different. Years later he set out to document his family's experiences of being Japanese in America before, during, and after World War II. GOOD LUCK SOUP explores several generations assimilating into a new culture while preserving their own. The family takes us on a warm, honest, and sometimes shocking journey of prejudice and triumph. Beginning with the family's arrival in the early 1900s, we encounter the Japanese Internment Camps during the war, a post-war welcome extended by Cleveland, and the different views and challenges each generation faces. Good Luck Soup is eaten on New Year's to bring hope and luck for the year. By partaking in this GOOD LUCK SOUP, we hope to continue to grow towards acceptance.


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