In “Home,” artist and filmmaker Kyoko Takenaka unveils a visual and sonic portrait of belonging and memory in four chapters. Calling upon the experiences that underline her otherness as an Asian-American, the film chronicles her contemplations through original song and poetry, as well as video clips, audio recordings and digital conversations captured from real-life experiences over the span of 7 years. Through references to pop culture, racist imitations of Asians, and a defining return to her childhood home, “Home” is a multimedia statement on how the affirmation of culture, resistance and resilience can disrupt enduring myths and redeem our histories.

  • Kyoko Takenaka
  • Kyoko Takenaka
  • Kyoko Takenaka
  • Kyoko Takenaka
    Key Cast
  • Kyoko Takenaka
    Camera Operators
  • Cheick Gueye
    Camera Operators
  • Donovan Vim Crony
    Camera Operators
  • Andrew Mui
    Camera Operators
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Music Video, Short, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 3, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    Mixed Media - Digital, Collage,
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Director Biography - Kyoko Takenaka

Kyoko Takenaka (Jinjabrew) is a Japanese-American multi-media artist, singer-songwriter, filmmaker and actress who has presented her work internationally since 2008. Her body of work has been recognized by The Japanese American National Museum, The American News Women’s Club and The Bruce Lee Foundation. Her work centers on the hyphenated identity and engages themes of personal and collective liberation. Her multi-media series, “Chop Sueyism” premiered at the Autograph ABP Gallery (London) and her music video, “Prince” was recognized by Voiceless International Film Festival. She was proudly born to first-generation immigrant parents from Japan, and her name means "vibrations of sound child."

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Director Statement

Heavily inspired by Fred Ho and Nina Simone,
Kyoko believes in using music and film for personal and societal liberation.