“Revitalizing Japantown?” Film screening of “Right to Remain” documentary by Greg Masuda — Fri (Oct 30), Sat (Oct 31)

Photograph: Dispossession, 2010, Greg Masuda (detail)

Photograph: Dispossession, 2010, Greg Masuda (detail)

(Below is info from the Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP) about two film screenings, with additional links to “Revitalizing Japantown?” — “a unifying exploration of human rights, branding, and place” research project running from 2012-2015.

Greg Masuda’s latest film, The Right to Remain (2015, 45 min), will be screening tonight, Friday, October 30th at 7pm at Carnegie Community Centre and tomorrow, Saturday, October 31st at 3 pm at the Nikkei National Museum (NNM) in Burnaby.

REVITALIZING JAPANTOWN?

Friday October 30, 7 9:30 pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Street
On Unceded Coast Salish Territory

Free

The Spirit of Nihonmachi (2012, 28 min)

Commissioned by the Powell Street Festival for their 35th Anniversary, this commemorative film uses an experiential documentary approach to show the festival through the eyes of two Downtown Eastside volunteers.

The Right to Remain (2015, 45 min)

The CBC documentary looks at the Downtown Eastside residents and the fight to save community from development. Started as an idea five years ago, Greg Masuda accumulated over 300 hours of footage. He says “The Right to Remain is a culmination of my entire career as a filmmaker. As a Japanese Canadian, I could not resist participating in the advocacy for the Downtown Eastside community as it looked down the barrel of the real estate industry in the second most expensive city in the world.”

A talkback panel will follow the films with a discussion about the broader topic of Community Displacement: what is our responsibility to the Downtown Eastside? Panel guests include Wendy Pedersen, Grace Eiko Thomson, Herb Varley, Ethel Whitty and filmmaker Greg Masuda. Members of the Powell Street Festival Advocacy and Outreach Committee will also attend.

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Also! Screening for ….
The Right to Remain (2015, 45 min) documentary film
Saturday, October 31st at 3 pm
Nikkei National Museum, 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
On Unceded Coast Salish Territory

The CBC documentary looks at the Downtown Eastside residents and the fight to save community from development. Started as an idea five years ago, Greg Masuda accumulated over 300 hours of footage. He says “The Right to Remain is a culmination of my entire career as a filmmaker. As a Japanese Canadian, I could not resist participating in the advocacy for the Downtown Eastside community as it looked down the barrel of the real estate industry in the second most expensive city in the world.”

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More about
Revitalizing Japantown?
Exhibit Runs from October 24, 2015 to January 31, 2016
Free Public Programs
Saturday, November 28, 2pm
Right to Remain Artist Team talk and Pie Chats, in collaboration
with the ‘Seeing the Whole Picture’ Project.

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