Join us at Holy Names University in the beautiful Oakland Hills to enjoy a special preview of the 2015 Oakland International Film Festival (OIFF)!
David Roach, OIFF founder and director, will offer welcoming remarks and tell us about the highlights of this year’s festival. Then Oakland-born filmmaker Anthony Lucero will screen excerpts from and talk to us about the making of his award-winning film East Side Sushi—which was shot entirely in Oakland and will be featured in the opening night of the 2015 OIFF.
Film Synopsis: East Side Sushi introduces us to Juana, a Latina single mother who strives to become a sushi chef. Years of working in the food industry have made Juana’s hands fast—very fast. She can slice and dice anything
you throw at her with great speed and precision. Forced to
give up her fruit-vending cart in order to find a more secure job, Juana lands a position as a kitchen assistant at a local Japanese restaurant. It is there she discovers a new friendship and a whole new world of cuisine and culture,
far-removed from everything she has ever known. While working in the restaurant’s kitchen, Juana secretly observes the sushi chefs and eventually teaches herself to make a multitude of sushi. Her creativity sparked, Juana’s reignited passion for food drives her to want more from her job and her life. Eventually she attempts to become a sushi chef, but is
unable to because she is the “wrong” race and gender.
Against all odds, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery, determined to not let anyone stop her from achieving her dream. (Source – http://www.eastsidesushifilm.com/synopsis.htm)
* 6:00-7:15 PM Conversation with directors + Film Screening (excerpts)
* 7:15-8:00 PM Reception
FREE and open to the public.
Click here for a campus map and here for directions to Holy Names University. For additional inquiries, please contact Professor Chiho Sawada (email@example.com).
This event is part of the Spring 2015 APPSI Speaker Series, which is presented by the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute (APPSI) in partnership with the CORE Program in Integrative Studies Across Cultures (ISAC). We are grateful to the following co-sponsors: Holy Names University Alumni Relations and the HNU Latin American and Latino/a Studies (LALS) Program.