Wataridori: Birds of Passage


Dir. Robert Nakamura , 16mm Color Sound 00:37:00

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Lyricism and visual beauty by Robert Nakamura. Three Issei (first generation Japanese Americans) describe a collective history through their personal memories. Nakamura paints the canvas of their lives with lush imagery of sea and land. Miura, a fisherman and wanderer, came to America by ship as an apprentice steward saying, 'I wanted to see the world.' Nakamura's own father, Harukichi, still a working gardener, remembers the little boys taunting him after the war as he bicycled from his job with a lawnmower tied to his back. Through Mrs. Sumi, we come to know Japanese American life when Issei farmers built the prosperous Imperial Valley farmlands despite the Alien Land Law. In a moving scene, server Issei talk about the World War II evacuation. And in one pilgrimage, three generations pay tribute to lives spent at the Manzanar concentration camp. Awards: First Place, Cultures in Focus Bicentennial Celebration Film Showcase Competition; Award of Merit, Art & Cultural Competition[Source: Visual Communications Distribution Catalog]