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Wataridori: Birds of Passage

1976

Dir. Robert Nakamura , 16mm Color Sound 00:37:00

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Birds of Passage (1976) by Robert Nakamura. Courtesy Robert Nakamura.  Visual Communications. Birds of Passage (1976) by Robert Nakamura. Courtesy Robert Nakamura. Visual Communications.

Lyricism and visual beauty by Robert Nakamura. Three Issei (first generation Japanese Americans) describe a collective history through their personal memories. Nakamura paints the canvas of their lives with lush imagery of sea and land. Miura, a fisherman and wanderer, came to America by ship as an apprentice steward saying, 'I wanted to see the world.' Nakamura's own father, Harukichi, still a working gardener, remembers the little boys taunting him after the war as he bicycled from his job with a lawnmower tied to his back. Through Mrs. Sumi, we come to know Japanese American life when Issei farmers built the prosperous Imperial Valley farmlands despite the Alien Land Law. In a moving scene, server Issei talk about the World War II evacuation. And in one pilgrimage, three generations pay tribute to lives spent at the Manzanar concentration camp. Awards: First Place, Cultures in Focus Bicentennial Celebration Film Showcase Competition; Award of Merit, Art & Cultural Competition [Source: Visual Communications Distribution Catalog]

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