What Happened to Her? And the Strawberry Fields

A woman tries to unlock painful memories about her parents who were forced stay in Japanese internment camps.

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Premiere Date
June 1, 2001
90 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call

Rea Tajiri

Rea Tajiri's films find new ways of storytelling that embrace the murky spaces of memory, history, and public consciousness. Strawberry Fields screened at the Venice Film Festival, winning the Grand Prix/Fukuoka Asian Film Festival. History and Memory premiered at the Whitney Biennial and won IDA’s Distinguished Achievement Award. 

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The Film

Frustrated by a repressive home life and haunted by the recent death of her baby sister, a rebellious Japanese American teenager searches for identity and uncovers the secret of her family's internment during World War II. Set in the 1970s, the drama What Happened to Her? explores the impact of the incarceration on multiple generations of Japanese Americans.