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Excavated Memories

Employing found footage and interviews, and spanning multiple decades and cultures, these eclectic films all nonetheless reveal the link between personal memory and collective history, between intimacy and community.

This film program is available internationally.

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In this program


Directed by Daniel Lee

A family in Seoul visits the father, and in doing so, recounts a complicated family history.

ATOMIC CAFÉ: The Noisiest Corner in J-Town

Directed by Akira Boch, Tadashi Nakamura

In the late 1970’s, when L.A.’s punk rock scene was exploding, an unlikely family-owned restaurant in Little Tokyo started by Japanese Americans returning from America’s WWII concentration camps, became one its most popular hang-outs.

Sing Me A Lullaby

Directed by Tiffany Hsiung

Captured over 14 years and across two continents. A daughter’s search for her mother’s birth parents unravels the complex tensions between love and sacrifice.

Within Their Gates

Directed by Matthew Goriachkovsky

Japanese American concentration camp survivor, Yukio Shimomura, recounts the anguish of his captivity during World War II.