Artistic Interpretations

“Kikan: The Homecoming” (2019, 40 min.) by Kerwin Berk, Kealani Kitaura, Ben Arikawa. A wartime promise takes Pvt. Jimmy Ibata of the 442nd RCT on a life-changing from the battlefields of Europe to San Francisco to complete his final mission of the war. Featuring Ryan Takemiya, Anna Sun, Ken Takeda, Kealoha Nakamura, Miyoko Sakatani, Roji Oyama, Chizu Omori, Connie Rutherford and Hiroshi Kashiwagi.


“Topaz: Ten Meditations” (2018, 9 min.) by Sean Morijiro Sunada O’Gara. This film explores themes of displacement, loss and longing for home from the perspective of an imagined young detainee. The avant-garde work is a completely silent visual composition consisting of poetry and ten stop-motion sequences of an unusual visceral quality.