Program Detail

A Conversation with The Nakamura Family

90 min


“We realized that what community-based filmmakers are blessed with is the passion and persistence of our communities. Without a doubt, our stories and our people are our greatest strengths.”
—Karen Ishizuka and Robert A. Nakamura

Perhaps no family has made a greater impact on Asian American media than the Nakamura family: Robert A. Nakamura, his wife Karen Ishizuka, and their son Tadashi. Over a period of four decades they’ve illuminated the experience of the Japanese in America and campaigned for the importance of diversity and community representation in media. Robert, currently a professor of Asian American Studies at UCLA, was a founder of Visual Communications, the oldest Asian American media arts organization in the country. Karen is a leading scholar of home movies, and a writer and producer for several of the family’s films. Their son Tadashi is a filmmaker whose Jake Shimabukuro Documentary will be premiering at this year’s festival.

The program will feature clips from some of the Nakamura’s key works, as well as the family in conversationwith film historian Stephen Gong, Executive Director of CAAM.

Attending guests: Bob Nakamura, Karen Ishizuka
Co-presenters: Asian American Studies Department at SFSU, National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS)


March 10, 2012 3:30 pm
Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
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