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Fraying Threads

The threads of our lineages weave together to tell the story of the present day. It is often complicated and messy. Some threads are stronger than others, and sometimes we have to choose what we carry with us and what to leave behind. This showcase explores different lineages—from parent to child to cultural practices being passed down to the next generation—and what it means to tug upon them as we walk into the future.

Program curated by Aiko Hamamoto.

Pre-recorded Q&A available with rental.

In this program

BENKYODO: The Last Manju Shop in J-Town

Directed by Akira Boch, Tadashi Nakamura

Ricky and Bobby Okamura wrestle with closing their beloved family-owned manju shop after serving the San Francisco Japantown community for 115 years.


Directed by Chelsie Pennello

A black sheep attempts to eulogize her mother with a story about pigeons.

Silk and Iron

Directed by Kee Streater Heywood

“Preserve rather than redo.” – Gary Llamido, Restorationist

For Roy

Directed by Vivian Cheung

Inspired by true events, an imaginative girl attempts to fold a thousand cranes as she learns to lose her father during his final days in the hospice.


Directed by Theodore Caleb Haas

98-year-old Homer Yasui takes four generations of his family to his secret mushroom-hunting grounds in Oregon in search of the prized and delicious matsutake, passing on a longtime Japanese American tradition.