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

"BFF’s: Buddhist Friends Forever" is chapter 5 of 5 chapters that make up the “War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory” film series. In this trailer:

Dottie (“Missing Her Mom”) tearfully remembers her late Japanese war bride mother.

The Farrisons are featured in "Family Fortune” with the adult children commenting on their parents’ decades-long multicultural marriage.

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

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  • Yayoi L Winfrey
  • Yayoi L Winfrey
    Silent Shame
  • Bob Smith
  • Linda K Busey
  • Ronald L Sayles
  • Alvin Ming Ji Lee
  • Michael Malaghan
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Other
  • Runtime:
    1 minute 36 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 22, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Yayoi L Winfrey
Director Biography - Yayoi L Winfrey

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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Director 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.