Obaachan's Garden (2001)

Genres - History  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Social History  |   Run Time - 94 min.  |   Countries - Canada  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis

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.

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grandmother, immigrant, Japanese [nationality], Canada, memoir, fishing-village, relocation-camps, endurance, reunion