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The Power of Personal Stories: From Home Film to Educational Tool

Event Type
Film Screening
Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
wifi event
May 12, 2023   2:00 pm  
Originating Calendar
International and Area Studies Library

The phrase, “Imagine if I didn’t” came out of the director’s mouth when talking to his wife long after he had completed his personal home film project. He contemplated the missed opportunity had he not taken those initial steps to create a powerful documentary that has become a valuable educational tool in classrooms across the country. Without an agenda besides having something to pass down for his family, “First To Go: Story of the Kataoka Family” tells the story of the director's own family's incarceration in the Japanese Incarceration Camps during a dark time in American history. What came from this was a film that was honest and raw. After a private screening of his film, Myles Matsuno will discuss the significance of home footage, the courage to be vulnerable, and the importance of the generations who paved the way before us, while recognizing and confronting the injustices of our past to ensure a better future. This virtual speech will be recorded and posted online for educational and academic purposes.

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