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UH Hilo hosts talk on Katsu Goto documentary

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Date: Thursday, September 4, 2014
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo hosts a public presentation on the making of a full-length documentary film about early Japanese immigrant and labor movement pioneer Katsu Goto. The Legacy of Katsu Goto: The making of a documentary, will be held from 5-6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17, UCB 127 (Hooulu Terrace). There is no admission charge.

UH Hilo Communication and English faculty member, writer and film producer Patsy Y. Iwasaki and award-winning director, editor and filmmaker Danny Miller will discuss the process and making of the documentary, which tells the story of a back and forth journey between Japan and Hawaiʻi spanning 130 years. “Goto arrived in Honoka`a in 1885 as a plantation laborer when sugar was king along Hawaiʻi Island’s Hamakua coast, and his life has become a powerful saga of hope and inspiration out of tragedy,” Iwasaki noted.

The film project has been in production for three years and is told through engaging and heartfelt interviews with family members and others who are a part of Goto’s narrative in Hawai‘i and Japan, including the story of his niece, Dr. Fumiko Kaya. Goto’s little known tale and ultimate sacrifice highlights the significant cross cultural connections and deep relationships that developed out of Hawai‘i’s immigrant and plantation roots.

The presentation is sponsored by the University of Hawai’i Diversity and Equity Initiative Award. Parking on the UH Hilo campus is free after 4 p.m.

For more information, call 932-7074.


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