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Obachan's Garden

2001 1 h 34 min
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Peeling back the layers of her grandmother's life, filmmaker Linda Ohama discovers a painful, buried past in this feature-length documentary. Asayo Murakami, 103 years old, recalls life in Japan, her arrival in Canada as a "picture bride," her determination to marry a man of her choice, the bombing of Hiroshima and the forced relocation of her family during WWII. Beautifully rendered dramatic sequences are merged with an exquisite collection of memories, feelings, images and voices. Culminating in an emotional reunion with a long-lost daughter, this film is a personal reflection of Japanese-Canadian history and a testament to one woman's endurance …

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Peeling back the layers of her grandmother's life, filmmaker Linda Ohama discovers a painful, buried past in this feature-length documentary. Asayo Murakami, 103 years old, recalls life in Japan, her arrival in Canada as a "picture bride," her determination to marry a man of her choice, the bombing of Hiroshima and the forced relocation of her family during WWII. Beautifully rendered dramatic sequences are merged with an exquisite collection of memories, feelings, images and voices. Culminating in an emotional reunion with a long-lost daughter, this film is a personal reflection of Japanese-Canadian history and a testament to one woman's endurance and spirit.
  • director
    Linda Ohama
  • producer
    Selwyn Jacob
    Linda Ohama
  • executive producer
    Graydon McCrea
  • director of photography
    Kirk Tougas
  • script
    Linda Ohama
  • editing
    Manfred Becker
    Linda Ohama
  • music
    Dennis Burke
  • associate producer
    Betsy Carson
  • narrator
    Linda Ohama
  • participant
    Natsuko Ohama
    Nelson Mashita
    Caitlin Ohama Darcus
    Donna Yamamoto
    July Ono
    Warren Takeuchi

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