The Displaced View traces a personal search for identity and pride, within the unique and suppressed history of the Japanese in Canada. Through an examination of the emotional and cultural links between the women of one family, the processes of the construction of memory and the re-construction of history, are revealed. Utilizing an innovative combination of experimental, dramatic and documentary forms, the film emerges as a deeply moving and compassionate love letter. Just as the official history of the Japanese Canadians has been thrown into question, so does the film’s fictionalized narrative, question documentary as truth.
GEMINI AWARDS, Nominated for Best Documentary 1989
GEMINI MULTICULTURAL AWARD, Special Citation 1989
GOLDEN GATE AWARD, Honourable Mention 1988
The San Francisco International Film Festival
Produced with the assistance of: The Ontario Film Development Corporation, The Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, The Secretary of State, Multiculturalism
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Posted February 25, 1988