The Cultch has just announced that it will stream Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre's cinematic adaptation of Tetsuro Shigematsu’s 1 Hour Photo this month.
"1 Hour Photo is the story of Mas Yamamoto," reads the press release from the Cultch, "a man whose life was swept up by the major currents of the 20th century. From growing up in a fishing village on the banks of the Fraser River, to being confined at a Japanese Canadian internment camp during World War II, to helping build the Distant Early Warning Line in the Canadian Arctic during the height of the Cold War."
Yamamoto’s story was gleaned from hours of recorded interviews with playwright and performer Shigematsu, who premiered the play to sell-out crowds at the Cultch four years ago.
"Back in 2017, 1 Hour Photo was a highly personal celebration of my friendship with Mas,” says Shigematsu in the press release. “But now, with hate crimes against Asians on the rise, this story has become a timely reminder that the best way to fight xenophobia is by feeling the kind of empathy only powerful storytelling can incite."
Directed by Richard Wolfe and filmed in association with Brightlight Pictures, streamings of 1 Hour Photo will be followed by a live online talkback with the playwright.
Tickets start at $29 and you can find them here.