War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory: The Kids trailer

"The Kids” is chapter 3 of 5 chapters that make up the “War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory” film series. In this trailer:

Roleta is “The Entertainer’s Daughter” whose talented mother moved to Little Tokyo, Japantown (Los Angeles), after divorcing her American civil engineer father.

Several adult children of Japanese war brides meet for lunch in Little Tokyo, Japantown (Los Angeles), in "hafu". Over a Japanese meal, they discuss the challenges of growing up as multicultural mixed-race children.

And, finally, in “Remembering Her Mother”, Jean talks about the woman she cared for during her last years.

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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
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    2 minutes 35 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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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.