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Retrospective: Strawberry Fields

Directed by Rea Tajiri

Cast: James Sie, Suzy Nakamura

Equal parts coming-of-age movie, historical drama, and ghost story, STRAWBERRY FIELDS is a narrative expedition led by master storyteller, Rea Tajiri, of the lasting impacts of incarceration upon a generation of Japanese Americans who were born long after World War II. Set in the 1970s, curious rebel, 16-year-old Irene, yearns to learn more about camp— but her mother has buried those painful memories deep down. Guided by the ghost of her recently deceased sister and a lone old photo, Irene sets off on a cross-country road trip in a determined search for the truth. With some pivots en route, Irene befriends a young political activist and an older Japanese American woman who aids her on her journey. Bonus soundtrack treats from Chicago Indie bands: SEAM, Veruca Salt, Tortoise, Squash Blossom and more.

Strawberry Fields is for super fans of speculative history, young folx with investigative imaginations, and anyone who longs for the truths of their family’s past in America.

Filmmaker Rea Tajiri expected to attend for a post-screening Q&A

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

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

Dates & Times



Sat, May 13
12:15 pm