Lunch and Learn: Kiri’s Piano: one woman's sacrifice during WWII internment of Japanese-Canadians

When: February 02, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Location:Harry Hickman Building, Room 116, UVic

Landscapes of Injustice and the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives present the BC premiere of France Benoit’s heart wrenching short film, Kiri’s Piano (trailer available online). 

Inspired by Canadian folk singer James Keelaghan’s 1988 song of the same name, the film chronicles one woman’s sacrifice in the face of rampant prejudice tearing her Japanese-Canadian family apart. Kiri’s once joyful piano music turns bitter when forced relocation and internment take away her husband, her home, and her family’s simple fishing life along the BC coast.

Landscapes of Injustice is a 7-year research project that focuses on the dispossession of the property owned by Japanese Canadians during World War II. The project is funded by a Partnership Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and by contributions from 13 partner institutions.

Join us for Japanese snacks and refreshments and for a look into one of Canada’s darkest moments.

Director France Benoit will attend and share insights on the film and her motivations to find the family that inspired her.

Funding also provided by the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society.

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