CAAMFest to highlight Nikkei experiences

CAAMFest36, the 36th annual film festival presented by the Center for Asian American Media, opens with the world premiere of “An American Story: Norman Mineta And His Legacy,” Thursday, May 1 at 7 p.m. at the Castro Theatre at 429 Castro St. in San Francisco.

“The Registry,” by Bill Kubota and Steve Ozone, documents aging veterans’ service as translators in the Pacific theater during World War II, even after being incarcerated in U.S. concentration camps. Screens Sunday, May 13 at the AMC Kabuki 8 at 1881 Post St. in San Francisco’s Japantown at 2:40 p.m.

The film will be preceded by Preeti Deb’s “Three Boys Manzanar” short film.

Stacey Hayashi’s “Go For Broke: An Origin Story” screens Sunday, May 13 at 12:30 p.m. and Monday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the AMC Kabuki 8.

The Tokyo Beats shorts program screens Sunday, May 13 at New People Cinema at 1746 Post St. at 9:15 p.m. in San Francisco’s Japantown, featuring Takeshi Tanaka’s “The Band’s New stage,” Takuya Matsumoto’s “Let’s Go Home!” and Akira Boch’s “Our Man in Tokyo (The Ballad of Shin Miyata).”

The “Memories to Light: Asian American Home Movies”special presentation of home movies will screen Yuriko Romer’s “My Immigrant Story” and Tina Takemoto’s “On The Line” Tuesday, May 15 at 7:10 p.m. at AMC Kabuki 8.

Other short films include:

“Othello-San,” “directed by Theodore A. Adams III, is a story about a celebrated African American actor who enrolls in a prestigious theatre school in Japan.” Screens Friday, May 11 at AMC Kabuki 8 at 5:10 p.m.

“Pachinko Life,” “directed by Luis Grane, is a mind-bending look at Tokyo ,where cartoons and reality coexist, and pachinko balls represent American influence.” Screens at Sunday, May 13 at AMC Kabuki 8 at 8:40 p.m.

“San Jose Tofu Co.,” “directed by Sean Au, examines … Chester Nozaki’s decision to close the much hailed” family tofu shop. Screens Monday, May 14 at AMC Kabuki 8 at 6:40 p.m.

“Sanzu No Kawa: The River of Three Crossings,” “directed by Japanese American Cyrus Yoshi Tabar, follows a young boy struggling to overcome his sister’s death.” Screens Friday, May 11 at 10 p.m. at AMC Kabuki 8.

“Strawberries Will Save The World,” directed by Japanese native Yoko Okumura, shines light on Japanese native and her obsession with strawberries.” Screens Sunday, May 13 at AMC Kabuki 8 at 8:40 p.m.

Lyrics Born and G Yamazawa will perform Friday, May 18 at the Starline Social Club at 2236 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, at 9 p.m.

Brenda Wong Aoki will perform “Aunt Lily’s Flower Book: One Hundred Years Of Legalized Racism” Thursday, May 24 at the Herbst Theatre, with musical accompaniment by Emmy Award-winning musician Mark Izu and koto master Shoko Hikage.

For more information or tickets, visit http://www.caamedia.org.

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