Film by Arts Division Dean continues to gain recognition and spark conversation

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Since its premiere in May, 80 YEARS LATERa feature film by Dr. Celine Parreñas Shimizu, Dean of the Arts Division at UC Santa Cruz, has screened at countless film festivals across the United States, Canada, and Europe, and continues to garner acclaim at during the 80th anniversary year of the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II.

Winner of Best Historical Documentary at the Toronto Documentary Film Festival last July and Best Documentary Feature at the Lonely Seal International Film Festival in October, the film explores the racial legacy of the incarceration of Japanese American families during World War II. world through multi-generational conversations with two survivors and their descendants, both of whom have roots in the Bay Area, including Parreñas Shimizu’s own father-in-law, Dr. Tadashi Robert Shimizu.

For the film, Parreñas Shimizu used a particular approach, gathering children and grandchildren around the two eldest to explore, in conversation with each other, the impact that Executive Order 9066 has had on all of their lives—the loss of their Japanese names, rituals and language or how trauma is passed on in the ability to express love. The result is a moving and tender portrait of these families as they share both painful and joyful memories, reflect on the legacy of their stories, and process them together to form a new understanding of themselves and each other. others.

This multi-generational lens particularly struck Jonas Rivera, Pixar’s multi-time Academy Award-winning Executive Vice President of Film Production, who recently hosted a private screening of 80 YEARS LATER at Pixar Studios on Oct. 27 and joined Parreñas Shimizu and Pixar associate producer Krissy. Cababa for a Q&A.

“I love your choice to interview someone, always surrounded by other generations and family members, almost like they’re listening with us,” Rivera, whose credits include At the top, Upside down, toy story 4and Soul. “The echo across generations in time is really powerful.”

“This film is so personal to me,” said Cababa, who is part Japanese and worked on coconut, Brave, Lucasis the producer of the SparkShorts series and associate producer of the upcoming feature film of 2023 Elementary. “It’s a reminder of the importance of the human experience and highlights how important it is to ensure that the art we make and release to the world has an emotional core. There is a human behind every story. How can we create empathy and understanding and make people feel? »

Rivera also reflected on the influence a film like 80 YEARS LATER has on her work. “When I see your films, I think of moments of human authenticity,” he said. “Even though we make animated films set in fantasy worlds, we want audiences to connect with people, so watching a film like this makes me think about the tools you need to do that.”

Further screenings this year of 80 YEARS LATER are scheduled at the Las Vegas International Film Festival, the Bangkok International Documentary Film Festival, the Los Angeles Asian Film Festival and the Culver City Film Festival where the film by Parrenas Shimizu Celine’s archives won the Grand Prix in 2021. The film will also screen next month in the Bay Area at the Silicon Valley International Film Festival.

80 YEARS LATER was also screened at K-12 public schools in St Louis, MO and Cincinnati, OH.

To watch Parreñas Shimizu’s full conversation with Pixar’s Jonas Rivera and Krissy Cababa, click here.

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