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This film is based on the true story of a woman who brought a set of carefully preserved Japanese dolls to the Edmonton Japanese Community Association. They were wrapped in newspaper from Japan dated in the 1930s. When asked how she was able to keep the dolls, because property was confiscated in the World War II internment process, she simply said, "We fled." This is our imagining of what she and her family went through to keep the dolls in such great shape. The script is meant to be historically accurate and is based on what fragments of her story remain. Enough money was raised in the initial round to shoot enough footage for a brief trailer. We need some help to shoot in the summer of 2011, when we will take viewers back to the Fraser Valley in B.C. before war broke out.
This story will explore a little-known fact of the Japanese internment in North America, that some people that were destined for the camps actually managed to escape and live on the outside. How did they survive? What was the toll on them? How did they manage to hold on to their cultural heritage at a time when that very heritage meant imprisonment? And how did the next generation cope with the past, and look to the future? The film explores these questions in depth.
What We Need & What You Get
If we can raise $10,000, this project can get back in track this summer. It has been dormant this year for lack of funding. Shooting on a RED camera has its ups and its downs. The ups are that it looks great. The downs are that editing the footage requires high-powered computers, which we don't have, or hiring someone who does. So the money goes to paying for a crew in Edmonton, catering for volunteer actors who may be coming in from out of town, a fee for the editor and physical equipment such as tapes and more hard drives. People who donate will get our heartfelt thanks, a DVD of the film when it's all said and done, and for higher level contributors, an associate producer credit. This money will get us a long way toward finishing. To be honest, we may need more funding once we get to the marketing/film festival phase.
Other Ways You Can Help
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