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RETROSPECTIVE // History and Memory: For Akiko and Takashige

Directed by Rea Tajiri

Part of our Retrospective Spotlight, Rea Tajiri’s HISTORY AND MEMORY is canonical, experimental, pushes and breaks boundaries of documentary filmmaking. Groundbreaking and haunting, this film is a poetic composition of recorded history and non-recorded memory. Filmmaker Rea Tajiri’s family was among the 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans who were imprisoned in internment camps after the attack on Pearl Harbor. And like so many who were in the camps, Tajiri’s family wrapped their memories of that experience in a shroud of silence and forgetting. “I remember having this feeling growing up that I was haunted by something, that I was living in a family full of ghosts…”

As a bonus, we have three shorts preceding this film:
MANY MOONS by Chisato Hughes
BLUE GARDEN by Natalie Murao
and LET ME TAKE YOU HOME by Evelyn Hang Yin

Filmmakers Chisato Hughes, Natalie Murao, and Evelyn Hang Yin expected to attend for a post-screening Q&A.

Community Partners: Nichi Bei Weekly, J-SEI, Fred T. Korematsu Institute, Chinese Culture Center, Brown Girls Doc Mafia

Preceded By


Directed by Natalie Murao

A woman explores her own family’s legacy with the Canadian Japanese incarceration camps and how it still effects her family today in this animated-hybrid doc.


Directed by Evelyn Hang Yin

In a dreamscape of projections, Ah Yeh recounts the tale of how he came to this country and the hardships he faced.

Many Moons Still 2


Directed by Chisato Uyeki Hughes

What happened to Charlie Moon?

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Retrospective Spotlight: Rea Tajiri

The CAAMFest Spotlight on a seminal Asian American filmmaker with a substantial body of work.

Dates & Times


SFMOMA Phyllis Wattis Theater

Sat, May 20
12:00 pm