Meet some of the women filmmakers bringing bold storytelling to CAAMFest 2017.
“They expect the classic competition film where you’re rooting for this underdog or you’re rooting for someone to win….But our film goes against that grain. It’s about what happens after he gets his 15 minutes of fame and after he is the champion.”
Emiko and Chizu Omori on lessons from the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans and its relevancy today. Emiko Omori is one of CAAM’s Spotlight honorees at #CAAMFest35.
“The $5,000 translated into bowls of rice on our table and chicken drumsticks in our hands, the clothing on our back. The second album never came out.”
“We hope this conversation will spark real change within the media industry.” — Stephen Gong
Besides eczema being a real affliction for millions of people, the repeated focus on this character’s health issues seemed to be trying to address deeper issues about respectability and professionalism in the legal profession and the criminal justice system, and even how we view the “other.”
Catch these films in May on Comcast on Demand: “Yuri Kochiyama: Passion for Justice,” “Someone Else,” “Am I American,” “American Arab,” “Flip Flops” and “Off the Menu: Asian America.”
“When She Rises” draws on the experiences of women who are forced to navigate racism informed by gender-based oppression.
And just like that, CAAMFest 2016 comes to a close after 11 days celebrating Asian and Asian American stories in film, music and food.
The Producer/Director of “Transparent” on Amazon and winner of two Golden Globe Awards chats about her journey from indie prodigy to becoming a TV director, and how she kept going through the lean years in between.
CAAMFest is a sure route to culture and knowledge, an opportunity to loose our shackles of unknowing.
“We want it to feel as much as possible like you’re having dinner with your friends and they’re saying thoughtful things. It was very, very important to us that the show didn’t become an after school special and we’re telling you how to think and patting ourselves on the back for being so progressive and interesting. It’s a comedy, it’s the thing that makes it go down a little easier.”