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Utah Filmmaker Showcase

A Song Film by Kishi Bashi: Omoiyari

April 3, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: The City Library

Featuring a Q&A moderated by Artist Foundry Manager, Amanda Madden, and the film’s directors, Kishi Bashi and Justin Taylor Smith.

Violinist and songwriter Kaoru Ishibashi travels on a musical journey to understand WWII era Japanese Incarceration, assimilation, and what it means to be a minority in America today. When a media interview links the muslim ban and the immigration crisis at the USA-Mexico border with the incarceration of Japanese-Americans during WWII, Ishibashi goes on a journey to learn about this history and its relevance. Along the way, he improvises and writes music in an effort to better understand his own identity as a bi-cultural American.

Using never before seen archival footage from the camps, mixed with breathtaking visual storytelling, Kishi Bashi, weaves a story using history, music and current events to create a portrait of America from the perspective of someone caught between two worlds.

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