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War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory: Herstory trailer

“Herstory” is chapter 1 of 5 chapters that make up the “War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory” film series. In this trailer:

Historian Lily (“Dekasegi”) talks about the similarities between early migrants who left Japan for work hoping to return someday, and Japanese war brides who left much later with their former enemies—the Americans who occupied their post-WWII country.

Regina (“Japanese Brides, American Wives”), also a historian, discusses the American Red Cross bridal schools in Japan that trained Japanese brides to become perfect American wives.

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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:
    2 minutes 8 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 20, 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.