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NAMBA: The Movie

July 27, 2022
photo of Japanese woman with text reading "Namba, a Japanese American's incarceration and life of resilience"

"Namba: A Japanese American's Incarceration and Life of Resilience" documentary by
Emily Momohara

Associate Professor of Art at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and head of the photography major Emily Hanako Momohara premiered her film, NAMBA: A Japanese American’s Incarceration and Life of Resilience on Saturday, July 16th 2022 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The documentary is a portion of American history through the story and life experiences of May Namba, a Japanese American woman incarnated during WWII.

Emily Hanako Momohara was born in Seattle, Washington where she grew up in a mixed race family. Her work centers around issues of heritage  multiculturalism, immigration and social justice. Momohara has exhibited nationally, most notably at the Japanese American National Museum in a two-person show titled Sugar|Islands. She has been a visiting artist at several residency programs including the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Headlands Center for the Arts, Fine Arts Work Center and Red Gate Gallery Beijing.  In 2015, her work was included in the Chongqing Photography and Video Biennial. Momohara has created socially driven billboards for For Freedoms and United Photo Industries. 

Congratulations to Emily on this amazing monumental achievement and bringing the voices of underrepresented communities to the forefront!

 Read more about the making of Namba and future screenings here

15: A Life Story + Film of Resilience: EMILY HANAKO MOMOHARA Podcast

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