Reiko's Hina Dolls

A set of Japanese dolls is carefully preserved through the internment process, and the woman who kept them learns to forgive
Ryan Nakashima
Edmonton, Alberta
5 Team Members


Our Story

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.

The Impact

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

Share us on Facebook, ping your friends. We need to build a movement to see this project finished. It's truly a labor of love but with a lot of support we can make something that'll last forever!


raised in 4 months
37% funded
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$10,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on May 17, 2011
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  • $10USD
    Digital download

    This new discounted funding level will get you our heartfelt appreciation and a digital download of the movie! It might not be DVD quality but we'll get it to you somehow. This makes it much easier for people abroad to get involved. Everyone that has already contributed will also have this perk included.

    1 out of 500 claimed
  • $25USD
    Feed a grip

    Keep this crew healthy and energetic! A strong film requires a strong crew. Let's get the best out of every hour by maintaining energy levels and spirits. Thanks so much for your support!

    5 out of 125 claimed
  • $35USD
    Reiko's Hina Dolls T-shirt

    There are so many beautiful pictures of the hina dolls from our production photos that one will definitely make a great T-shirt. Thanks to my fantastic cousin Gil we can make this happen. Contribute at this level and also get a digital download! (I'll email the contributors for votes on the best photo and T-shirt design)

    1 out of 50 claimed
  • $75USD

    Hey, thanks so much! Not only will this keep the crew and actors fed and happy, but this project is that much closer to being made. We'll send you a DVD in the mail when the movie is done and you're invited to come to the screening in Edmonton.

    7 out of 100 claimed
  • $100USD
    Poker fundraiser

    Help fund the film and have a good time doing it! This perk is limited to those who can make it to Los Angeles to take part in a fundraising poker tournament. We're aiming for 18 players. The winner will take home half of the total entry fees of $100 per person and the rest will help fund the project. Like our Facebook page to let your friends know!!/pages/Reikos-Hina-Dolls-Fundraising-Poker-Tournament/167532733298825

    0 out of 18 claimed
  • $250USD
    Silver donor

    The crew will be fed, the actors treated like the human beings they are. The DVD is coming once the film gets done, and you're invited to the screening. This really helps. If there's enough for the summer shoot, which requires getting antique props, excess money will be used for getting the best editing that the available money can buy. As a token of our heartfelt thanks, please receive a beautiful 11x17 production still photo signed by the cast and crew.

    2 out of 25 claimed
  • $750USD
    Associate Producer

    This gets us a long way toward finishing the project. Thank you so much. This feeds the crew and actors and gets you a DVD, a screening invite and a signed production still! On top of that, you will be credited as an associate producer. You are welcome to attend the summer shoot, and of course be fed with the rest of the crew! Help the volunteers on set and make a difference in more ways than one.

    1 out of 10 claimed
  • $1,500USD
    Gold donor

    Receive all of the above and keep a priceless memento from the summer shoot! We will be decorating the shack with as many authentic period pieces as we can.

    1 out of 5 claimed
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