War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory: "BFF's; Buddhist Friends Forever" movie poster

"BFF’s: Buddhist Friends Forever" is chapter 5 of 5 chapters that make up the “War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory” film series.
This segment features three different families, all who are devout Buddhists, and two who belonged to the same temple as lifelong friends.

In “Missing Her Mom”, Dottie remembers how much her mother relied on Buddhist teachings to help her on a daily basis.

The Farrisons are featured in "Family Fortune” with the adult children recalling how their parents met and married, and the lifelong friendship their mother shared with another war bride—a member of the same Buddhist temple.

“Disowned/Reclaimed” is the story of siblings Doris and Michael whose Buddhist mother was banished by her family for marrying their African American father.

"War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory” features 5 chapters as indicated below:

1: “Herstory” featuring “Dekasegi” & “Japanese Brides, American Wives”

2: “The Brides” featuring “The Best Ambassador” & “Kitchens & a Priest”

3: “The Kids” featuring “The Entertainer’s Daughter”, “hafu” & “Remembering Her Mother”

4: “The Culture” featuring “Cactus…Cranes…Cooks”, “Tamales 4 Bon Odori” & “Bringing Japan Home”

5: “BFF’s: Buddhist Friends Forever” featuring “Missing Her Mom”, “Family Fortune” & “Disowned/Reclaimed”

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  • Yayoi L Winfrey
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Student Project:
  • Indo-Global International Film Festival
    Mumbai Mahrashtra India
    July 20, 2019
    Official Selection for Best Film Poster award
Artist Biography

Born in postwar Tokyo to a Japanese war bride and an African American soldier, Yayoi L Naito Winfrey has been creating media all her life. First, as an illustrator and graphic designer; then as a screenwriter, fiction writer and journalist; and, now, as a filmmaker. Growing up on three continents by the time she was five years-old gifted her with a strong appreciation for other people’s languages and cultures. As a mixed-race person, she has an innate sense of what it’s like being ’the other’; and, her long career in arts reflects that special position.

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Artist Statement

Storytelling through film engages so many senses. I feel so fortunate that I’m able to combine my love for both visual art and literature to make movies.