DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

My great-grandfather came to the United States in the 1920s. With the hope for a new life, he bought a home and a farm. By the 1930s he owned a grocery store and had started a family in Northern California. Following the attacks on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt executed Executive Order 9066, evacuating every Japanese American from the West Coast and interning them in one of twelve relocation centers scattered across the American deserts. My great-grandfather lost his farm, his store and his home. He and his family were interned at the Manzanar Relocation Center in Owens Valley, California. My grandfather, Paul Takagi, was a teenager when he entered camp.

American schools do not cover the camps as part of an average curriculum, thus clouding a major chapter of American history. In school, my peers and I watched GLORY, ROOTS, HOTEL RWANDA, SCHINDLER’S LIST, and GHANDI as contextual examples to the moments in history that we were studying. The exams did not center on the films, but for the class it was an effective method of opening up discussions and informing a large body of people to these events.

I want to make this story because I feel as though many of the stories of minority Americans were not being represented on the screen or in our conversations. The surviving Nisei, the generation of Japanese Americans born in this country, are in their seventies and eighties, meaning the last of this generation of people is passing on. This film is meant to serve as a symbol of respect and acknowledgement to those people who came before us.

 TADAIMA is a story about starting over. It’s about taking that “sickly pit” in the bottom of one's stomach and turning it over. The story conveys feelings of loss, displacement, racism, emasculation, confusion and frustration; above all, however, the strongest emotion that I am aiming to capture within this film is hope. Hopefully this film can be a step in the right direction of bringing a shed of clarity to what is otherwise a very dark period of American history. I want to make a short film that plays like a single scene out of a much larger picture. “Tadaima” translates to “At last, I am home.”

 

-Robin Takao D’Oench

 
 

PRESS:

http://inspiration.kanahammon.com/post/143171211860/i-watched-tadaima-last-night-and-found-myself

https://es.xfinity.com/sdmy/blogs/tv/2018/02/26/filmmaker-spotlight-robin-takao-doench/

https://www.salon.com/2015/12/12/we_need_asian_indie_films_too_while_hollywood_struggles_to_catch_up_lets_praise_these_stand_out_asian_american_movies/

http://ezinearticles.com/?Check-Out-Tadaima-The-Movie&id=9197636

http://www.kuriositas.com/2017/02/haidama-what-happened-when-japanese.html

https://resourceguide.densho.org/Tadaima%20(film)/

 
 
 

AWARDS:
BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM - DISORIENT ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL OF OREGON 2015
BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM - PHILADELPHIA ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL 2015
BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM - SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM FESTIVAL 2016
BEST DRAMA - NEW YORK CITY DOWNTOWN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2015
BEST SCREENPLAY - FORUM ON LAW, CULTURE, AND SOCIETY FILM FESTIVAL at NYU LAW SCHOOL 2015
BEST SHORT FILM - FORUM ON LAW, CULTURE, AND SOCIETY FILM FESTIVAL at NYU LAW SCHOOL 2015
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: MACKENYU MAEDA - ASIANS ON FILM FESTIVAL 2015
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: MINGJUE HU - ASIANS ON FILM FESTIVAL 2015
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: MINGJUE HU - INDIEWORKS BEST OF FEST 2015
SILVER WHISKERS AWARD - INDIEWORKS 2015
BEST ENSEMBLE: ROBIN TAKAO D'OENCH - ASIANS ON FILM FESTIVAL 2015
LEDO MATTEOLI AWARD - HUMBOLDT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2015

HONORABLE MENTION - BEST DRAMA - ASIANS ON FILM FESTIVAL 2015
HONORABLE MENTION - BEST DIRECTOR - ASIANS ON FILM FESTIVAL 2015
NOMINATED - GRAND JURY AWARD BEST NARRATIVE SHORT - GUAM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016

OFFICIAL SELECTION:
ASIAN AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016
ASIANS ON FILM FESTIVAL 2015
CAAMFEST: PRESENTED CENTER FOR ASIAN AMERICAN MEDIA 2015
CINEMAFEST FILM FESTIVAL 2015
CINÉMONDE NYC FILM SERIES 2015
DC ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL 2015
DISORIENT ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL OF OREGON 2015
FILM CRASH FILM FESTIVAL 2015
FORUM ON LAW, CULTURE, AND SOCIETY FILM FESTIVAL at NYU LAW SCHOOL 2015
GUAM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016
HOLLYSHORTS FILM FESTIVAL 2015
HUMBOLDT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2015
INDIEWORKS BEST OF FEST 2015
ISCHIA FILM FESTIVAL 2015
ITHACA PAN ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL 2015
JAPAN FILM FESTIVAL IN BOSTON 2015
LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL 2015
MOVIATE UNDERGROUND AT ARTS FEST FILM FESTIVAL 2015
NEWFILMMAKERS LOS ANGELES 2015
NEWFILMMAKERS NEW YORK 2015
NEW YORK CITY DOWNTOWN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2015
NEW YORK EURASIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2016
NEW YORK JAPAN CINEFEST 2015
PHILADELPHIA ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL 2015
RED ROCK FILM FESTIVAL 2015
RENO TAHOE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2015
RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2015
SAN DIEGO ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2015
SAN JOSE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2015
SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM FESTIVAL 2016
SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2015
THE AMERICAS FILM FESTIVAL OF NEW YORK 2017
TORONTO REEL ASIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2015
USA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2016
WATSONVILLE FILM FESTIVAL 2016
WOODS HOLE FILM FESTIVAL 2015

SPECIAL INVITATION:
ASIAN HERITAGE STREET CELEBRATION 2015
THE BOONIES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2015
FILMS OF REMEMBRANCE PRESENTED BY NICHEBEI 2017
FRIDAY NIGHT SCREENINGS @BAHCHE 2015
HYART FILM FESTIVAL 2017
JAPAN FILM FESTIVAL IN BOSTON 2015
THE NEW DIRECTORS FILM FESTIVAL 2015
SCREEN ASIA: JAPAN CINEFEST AT ASIA SOCIETY TEXAS CENTER 2016