Second season of Diversity Film Series on tap in Edmonds

Oct 17, 2018
"Honor & Sacrifice" screens Oct. 20 in Edmonds.

After a successful inaugural season, running from last October through April of this year, the Edmonds Diversity Film Series begins its second season this month, with the first screenings noon Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Edmonds Theater.

Screenings are free and are scheduled for third Saturdays of the month October through April (except December). Each screening presents a film related to different topics or groups derived from diverse populations and experiences. After each screening, there is a brief opportunity for comment and dialog.

On Oct. 20, the season kicks off with a screening of two short films featuring the experiences of two Japanese-American men who rose above xenophobia, prejudice and discrimination to serve the U.S. in its fight against foreign aggression.

“Honor & Sacrifice” (28 minutes) tells the complex story of a Japanese immigrant family ripped apart by WWII. Of the Matsumoto family’s five sons, two fought for the Americans, and three fought for the Japanese.

The eldest son, Hiroshi (Roy), became a hero, fighting against the Japanese in Burma, while his parents and sisters were living in the ancestral home, Hiroshima. The story is told by Roy’s daughter Karen as she discovers her father’s work in military intelligence, kept secret for 50 years.

“Proof of Loyalty: Kazuo Yamane and the Nisei Soldiers of Hawaii” (54 minutes) tells the story of a Japanese-American who played a strategic role in World War II. He and his fellow Nisei from Hawaii combatted prejudice and discrimination to serve their country.

Attending will be the films’ Seattle-area husband-and-wife filmmaking partners Don Sellers and Lucy Ostrander and the daughters of both films’ protagonists: Karen Matsumoto of Bainbridge Island, and Joyce Yamane of Edmonds.

“We are thrilled to kick off our 2018-2019 season showcasing these two important films, with the added bonus of having both the filmmakers and the two protagonists’ daughters present at the screening,” remarked Edmonds Diversity Commission chairwoman Diana White.

“It’s particularly significant that Kazuo Yamane’s daughter, Joyce, is an Edmonds resident, which brings home to our community the complex scenario that played out for-Japanese Americans during WWII.”

November’s screening will feature “The Only Good Indian,” a film about a young Native-American boy sent to a distant Indian “training school” and his attempts to escape and seek freedom while being pursued by Indian agents.

The rest of series in “Bully” in January, “Old Goats” in February, “Just Charlie” in March and “Paper Tigers” in April.

Information: www.diversity.edmondswa.gov.

The Edmonds Diversity Film Series is sponsored by the Edmonds Diversity Commission, Rick Steves’ Europe, the Edmonds Centers for the Arts and the Edmonds Theater.

 

 

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