Winter Terrace follows three wandering, hungry souls amidst Tokyo’s unseen silent nightfall. This short film explores the landscape of the historical Asakusa district through the eyes of three outsiders who eat, drink, and play from another dimension. The narrative is a parallel to how Asian American diaspora culture paints our experiences in what the “motherland” seems to us.
Director Biography: Asuka Lin is a Japanese-Taiwanese filmmaker based in the Bay Area and Los Angeles, as well as a graduate of CalArts. Their work spans various genres, but all of Asuka’s films are focused on weaving documentary and fiction together in a seamless way. Asuka’s visual practice is shaped by their strong interest in magical realism, which are heavily informed by stories of diaspora, trauma, and surrealism. Their films aim to create an expansion of deep healing and reflection for its viewers, as well as carving out lasting spaces of empowerment for marginalized people on and off-screen.
Co-presented by: Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California
With support from the Consul General of Japan, CAAMFest FORWARD will showcase and celebrate storytellers from Japan. This special section will include three films, all streamed on-demand.
This pairing of dynamic shorts explore new stories from Japan.