My Matsura

Lesley Loksi Chan

2006, 06:22 minutes


This lyrical experimental documentary is based on the photography of Frank S. Matsura. Matsura arrived in Concully, Washington from Japan in 1903. He worked as kitchen helper during the day and developed his negatives in the kitchen sinks at night. In this film Matsura’s photographs are reworked and presented as cultural artifacts that offer us both certainties and uncertainties. While looking at the photographs of Matsura, a young woman reflects upon the disappearance of someone in her own life, her desire for escape, and the un/documentable.

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