“How many harvests do you have in you?” is the perennial echo that reverberates across the Masumoto Family peach farm. CHANGING SEASON chronicles a transitional year-in-the-life of famed farmer, slow food advocate, and sansei, David “Mas” Masumoto (he is best known for writing the award-winning “Epitaph For A Peach.”), and his compelling relationship with daughter Nikiko, who returns to the family farm with the intention of stepping into her father’s work boots. Mas’ hopes and hesitations for the future are shored up with his daughter’s return, as the family must navigate the implications of Mas’ 60th birthday and triple bypass surgery. The film is interspliced with moments of Nikiko’s razor sharp meditations on her family’s internment during World War II and her role as a queer, progressive farmer in the Central Valley.
CHANGING SEASON, with images of natural beauty, also explores farm labor, devastating drought, civil rights, aging, shrinking of the once robust Japanese American community, humanity’s shrinking food supply and the new ways in which this next generation Masumoto farmer represents diversity while embracing the heritage that a century of hard work has earned. It’s an age old story of the American dream, and also a telltale sign of the country’s future if social change and innovation does not happen unimpaired. Sometimes, it just takes the nurturing of one peach at a time.
-- Center for Asian American Media
This film will be preceded by the short film 'ĀINA: THAT WHICH FEEDS US.