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CHANGING SEASON ON THE MASUMOTO FARM

Directed by: Jim Choi 2015 | 57 min.

Section: Documentaries

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere

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Countries: United States

Languages: English

Genres: Documentary, Family, Food, Gay/Lesbian, Women


Synopsis

Sponsored by:

Green Magazine

“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.

Screenings

Saturday, November 14 4:15 PM Dole Cannery C Date Passed
Plays with:  CHANGING SEASON w/AINA 'ĀINA: THAT WHICH FEEDS US
Sunday, November 15 11:00 AM Dole Cannery H Date Passed
Plays with:  CHANGING SEASON w/AINA 'ĀINA: THAT WHICH FEEDS US
Sunday, November 22 7:30 PM Koko Marina A Date Passed
Plays with:  CHANGING SEASON w/AINA 'ĀINA: THAT WHICH FEEDS US

Cast & Crew

Director Jim Choi
Producer Stephen Gong, David Hosley, Donald Young
Cast David 'Mas' Masumoto, Nikiko Masumoto
Cinematographer Jim Choi
Editor Chihiro Wimbush
Sound Adriano Bravo
Writer Donald Young
Other Crew John Fong, Patrick Kollman, Alan Sanchez, Weber Shih