Not Held at the Japan Society – From a Silk Cocoon at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival

November 13, 2005
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From a Silk Cocoon will be screened at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (co-presented by the New York Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, and the Buddhist Church of New York).  A .pdf flyer can be downloaded and printed for distribution here:
Date: Sunday, November 13, 2005
Time:  2:45 pm  (Please note that admission includes the screening of AMUMA, Hands for nobody, at 2 pm.  From a Silk Cocoon will screen immediately afterwards.  For a complete schedule listing, visit
Location:  Village East Cinemas, 181 2nd  Ave., New York NY
Discussion and Q & A with filmmakers will be held at a reception following the screening.  Location TBA.
Admission/Tickets:  $11, by calling (866) 468-7619, or online at ($3 ticket surcharge)
From a Silk Cocoon is a true story based on the actual letters exchanged between a young Japanese American couple, Itaru and Shizuko Ina, while imprisoned in two separate American prison camps during World War II.  Labeled as “disloyal” and deemed “enemy aliens dangerous to the public peace and safety of the United States,” they struggle to prove their innocence and fight deportation.  With the discovery of their censored letters, diaries, and haiku poetry, their story tells of the frightening and tragic outcome resulting from wartime hysteria and racial profiling.  A story of love and survival, Shizuko and Itaru renounce their American citizenship in protest and then must face the reality of raising their children in war-torn Japan.
Lawson Inada narrates, Lane Nishikawa and Megumi provide the voices of the young couple, and Masayuki Koga performs the original shakuhachi (bamboo flute) woven within Fred Meggs’ musical score.  From a Silk Cocoon is produced by the Emmy-nominated Hesono O Production team of Satsuki Ina (Executive Director/Co-Director), Stephen Holsapple (Co-Director/Editor), Emery Clay III (Director of Photography/Co-Director), and Kim Ina (Associate Producer/Outreach Coordinator).  For more details about the production, visit our Web site at or email [email protected].

  • Sunday, November 13, 2005
  • 2:45 pm