MY GODMOTHER KYO • SHORT

AWARDS COMMUNICATION ARTS 2022 PHOTO ANNUAL + AI-AP INTERNATIONAL MOTION AWARDS 2022

PHOTOGRAPHER-DIRECTOR JESSICA ANTOLA SHARES THE STORY OF HER SECOND MOTHER, KYO. SHE EMIGRATED FROM JAPAN TO BRITISH COLUMBIA AS A CHILD, GROWING UP AS A JAPANESE NATIONAL DURING WWII, THE BOMBING OF PEARL HARBOR AND THE SUBSEQUENT ESTABLISHMENT OF THE JAPANESE INTERNMENT CAMPS, WHICH IMPRISONED OVER 132,OOO JAPANESE AMERICANS AND CANADIANS ALONG THE WEST COAST OF NORTH AMERICA. KYO PERSEVERED THROUGH THE ANTI-JAPANESE WORLD AROUND HER, NEVER LOSING HER SENSE OF OPTIMISM. TREASURED ARE HER PEARLS OF WISDOM AND HER POSITIVE OUTLOOK ON LIFE THAT HAS CARRIED HER THROUGH MARRIAGE, DIVORCE, CANCER, AND THE ISOLATION OF THE PANDEMIC. SHE IS ALWAYS THERE TO SAY, "ACCEPT WHAT COMES BECAUSE WE NEVER KNOW- LIFE CAN CAN CHANGE SO QUICKLY."

 

POST PRODUCTION MICHAEL SAINT-ONGE


DIRECTOR JESSICA ANTOLA