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Film: “East Side Sushi”
March 10 @ 18:00 - 20:00
To commemorate Women’s History Month in March, the American Center will show a series of award-winning and thought-provoking documentary films which explore women’s equality in the U.S. in a variety of communities and backgrounds.
- Friday, March 3rd at 6p.m.: “Radical Grace” (2016, 86 minutes long)
- Friday, March 10th at 6p.m.: “East Side Sushi” (2015, 90 minutes long)
- Friday, March 24th at 6p.m.: “A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story” (2015, 78 minutes long) and “Every Day” (2015, 12 minutes long)
The rights to screen these films are generously provided by American Film Showcase, a program to bring award-winning contemporary American documentaries, feature films and animated shorts to audiences around the world, offering a view of American society and culture as seen by independent filmmakers. Funded by a grant from the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, the Showcase highlights the value of film in fostering understanding and cooperation, dialogue and debate.
FILM SYNOPSIS (provided by www.eastsidesushifilm.com)
East•Side Sushi introduces us to Juana, a working-class 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 re-ignited 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.