Tadashi Nakamura, Chris Iijima, And A Song For Ourselves

Sunday, January 04, 2009

If you get a chance to check it out, it definitely looks like a worthwhile view on the life and the music of the late Asian American activist Chis Iijima with live performances by Blue Scholars, Bambu, Kiwi and special guest artist Nobuko Miyamoto & Charlie Chin.

Tickets go on sale this month for the premiere which is going to be February 28th at 7:30 PM.

$10 General Admission
$8 Students, Seniors, Groups 10+
$7 JACCC Members
Limited $50 VIP Tickets
Here's Tadashi Nakamura's Director's Statement on the film:

The Asian American Movement not only worked for social justice, it created the community into which I was born and raised. When I asked what the early movement was like, my mom simply played an old record for me. This was my first introduction to Chris Iijima. When I got to know Chris myself, rather than seeing him as an OG from the past, I looked up to him as a role model for the present. When Chris got sick, the community that was created over thirty years ago came together from all parts of the country to care for him and his family in a way that made me realize the lasting power of the Movement. A Song For Ourselves is my attempt to capture the essence of this community I am grateful and proud to be a part of.
For more on the film check out the page down at the JACCC and A Song For Ourselves blog.

Here's a link to an article remembering Chris Iijima.