About the Film
When a media interview links the muslim ban and the immigration crisis at the USA-Mexico border with the incarceration of Japanese-Americans during WWII, Kaoru Ishibashi (aka Kishi Bashi) goes on a journey to learn about this history and its relevance. Along the way, he improvises and writes music in an effort to better understand his own identity as a bi-cultural American. Using never before seen archival footage from the Japanese Internment camps, mixed with breathtaking visual storytelling, Kaoru weaves a story using history, music and current events to create a portrait of America from the perspective of someone caught between two worlds.
“An uplifting documentary about a musician, but also about sympathy, compassion, and basic humanity” – Screen Zealots
Post-film discussion with director Justin Taylor Smith, producer JJ Gerber and Shirley Ann Higuchi, Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, on Sunday, November 19th. Part of the Raising Voices Film Series supported with grant funding from Park City Chamber and Summit County RAP Tax.
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