War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory: "The Culture" movie poster

"The Culture" is chapter 4 of 5 chapters that make up the "War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory" film series.

In “Cactus…Cranes…Cooks", war bride daughter M Fumie gives an origami demonstration from her Arizona home. Later, she prepares several Japanese meals based on her mother’s recipes. Meanwhile, daughters Michelle and Stephanie discuss their multicultural identities while fondly remembering their grandmother and their favorite Japanese foods.

In “Tamales 4 Bon Odori”, Diana recounts how her Japanese Mexican family was rejected by Japanese Americans in their community near Fresno because they were “hapa”. Yet, her mother instilled Japanese culture in her children, and they attended Obon every year. Diana’s youngest daughter, Hannah, discusses her plight of being multiracial and the impact of having never known her Japanese grandmother.

In “Bringing Japan Home”, Sophia talks about the influence her late mother had over her, how it compelled her to study the Japanese language, travel to Japan, and bring back to her Sacramento home so many Japanese souvenirs that they take up her entire house.

"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 Maharashtra India
    July 26, 2019
    Winner of Best Film Poster award
  • Visualis Film Festival
    St. Petersburg Russian Federation
    October 4, 2019
    Semi-Finalist for Best Film Poster award
  • Picasso Einstein Buddha International Film Festival
    Rishikesh Uttarakhand India
    November 23, 2019
    Winner of Best Film Poster award
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Film Festival
    Pune Maharashtra India
    December 28, 2019
    Winner of Best Film Poster award
  • Laurus Film Festival
    Moldova, Kazakhstan and Belarus
    February 1, 2020
    Semi-Finalist 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.