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GI Film Festival San Diego 2018


Directed by Richie Adams

Nisei Experience, WWII / USA / 2018 / narrative / 18 mins / English / San Diego Premiere

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Opening Night Screening & Reception

Museum of Photographic Arts
September 25, 2018 7:00 pm


A 94-year-old veteran who works as a volunteer at the Japanese American National Museum encounters a mother and her daughter, triggering events that happened in his past, including his time as a young man in a Japanese American Internment Camp and later serving with the 442 in WWII. Stars George Takei, Leonardo Nam, Rachel Michiko Whitney, Keong Sim, and Ivan Shaw.


Filmmaker Richie Adams and Actor George Takei scheduled to attend this screening.


GI Film Festival San Diego Award

Best Narrative Short

Director's Bio

Richie Adams is an award-winning filmmaker who cut his teeth as a title designer (Babel, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, American Made) under the mentorship of legendary title designer Richard Greenberg (Alien, Untouchables, The Matrix), and for the past 13 years, under his own company banner, Louisiana-based River Road Creative. As a title designer, Adams has worked with many of the great players in the motion picture industry, including Alejandro González Iñárritu, Doug Liman, and Frances Lawrence, as well as newcomers like Ryan Coogler, for whom Adams designed/produced the titles and special graphic sequences for Coogler’s Sundance Grand Dramatic winning Fruitvale Station and Coogler’s follow up hit, Creed. Richie’s recent feature film Of Mind and Music, starring Joaquim De Almeida, Aunjanue Ellis and 2017 Oscar-Nominated Ruth Negga, was released in 2016 to critical acclaim after winning numerous juried and audience awards on the festival circuit.


  1. The Registry

    William Kubota and Steve Ozone / Nisei Experience, WWII / USA / 2018 / documentary / 57 mins
    The Registry profiles a few of those who served in the M.I.S. during WWII A very long excel spreadsheet resides on an old computer near the window of an upstairs bedroom in suburban Minneapolis. The spreadsheet is a list, a registry of names of thousands of World War II veterans that served in the U.S. Military Intelligence Service, the M.I.S. Seiki Oshiro, a retired computer programmer, is the keeper of the registry. He also served in the M.I.S. “Who will remember us after we’re all gone?” he wonders. Will his children, or grandchildren know what they did during the war? Maybe the registry will help. Most of the veterans of World War II have passed on. Many have told their stories, recorded for history. But for those in the M.I.S., made up of Japanese-Americans who fought in the Pacific against the Japanese enemy, so many of those stories have been lost, as the unit was sworn to secrecy for decades after the war. Add to that, there was no complete record made by the U.S. Army about who actually served in the unit. The documentary film The Registry profiles a few of those who served in the M.I.S. who reveal stories to their sons and daughters they’ve never shared until now, as they’re well in to their 90s. The film looks at decisions made in a time of war regarding loyalty to country while facing racism and the mass internment in the U.S. of people of Japanese descent.

    Preceded by: American

Plays in

  1. Opening Night Featuring Nisei Stories

    Nisei Experience, WWII
    Opening night features two films on the Japanese American soldiers during World War II.

    In This Program: American, The Registry

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Dates & Times

Plays In:
Opening Night Screening & Reception

Museum of Photographic Arts
September 25, 2018 7:00 pm