Seven minute trailer for upcoming film
Bringing the Legacy of Katsu Goto to Life: A 23-minute preview
About our project
Discover the story of Katsu Goto, a plantation worker and labor leader who was lynched in Honoka‘a, Hawai‘i in 1889 as told through intimate interviews with his descendants, academic and historical scholars and community members. This 60-minute film will use dramatic re-enactments, historical photos and beautiful footage filmed in Hawaii, Japan and other locations in the United States to bring this tragic and inspiring story to life. This film provides a look not just into the past but provides insight for the future to see what can happen when those in power use fear, hate and prejudice to run unchecked.
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THE PRODUCTION TEAM
PATSY Y. IWASAKI
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‘The Making of a Documentary: The Story of Katsu Goto’ presentation June 19&20 at Lyman Museum in Hilo
Katsu Goto’s incredible true story, a powerful saga of hope and inspiration arising from tragedy, is the subject of a remarkable new documentary about a poignant chapter in Hawai‘i’s history. Learn more about this compelling saga on either of two occasions—Monday evening, June 19, or a matinée on the following Tuesday afternoon, June 20.
Dr. Erika Hori, the foremost expert on Katsu Goto in Japan, will present new information about Goto, based on recently-discovered letters from Goto himself. Her talk, “Ambitious Spirit: Discovering the Letters of Katsu Goto,” will focus on the letters, written by Goto in Yokohama before coming to Hawaii, which provide new information and background on the fascinating character of Goto.
A preview and behind the scenes look at the making of the documentary film which includes both Japanese and English subtitles.
This special preview aired on the Nippon Golden Network (NGN 1 on Channel 677).
An interview by Chris Vandercook with Patsy Iwasaki on Hawaii Public Radio’s HPR-1 on March 6, 2017
While on a scheduled visit to the Japanese Overseas Migration Museum in Yokohama with the U.S. Japan Council TOMODACHI Kakehashi Sen. Daniel Inouye Scholars University of Hawaii at Manoa study tour, Patsy was able to see the Katsu Goto movie previews playing continuously at the Hiroshima exhibit.
UH Hilo lecturer and film Project Director Patsy Y. Iwasaki is featured in a story about the project.
During a week of location filming for the Katsu Goto movie project the Hawaii Tribune-Herald’s photographer Hollyn Johnson visited the set to capture our actors and crew in action. The photos, shown here, were featured in the Monday, August 15, 2016 Hawaii Tribune-Herald newspaper.
Exciting times for the film project! Thanks to the Humanities Division of the University of Hawaii at Hilo and the amazing Professor Jackie Johnson of the UH Hilo Performing Arts Department, we held our introductory meeting for the re enactments for the film documentary. Yes! UH Hilo students and community members will re enact key Read more about Cast and crew meet at UH-Hilo Performing Arts Center[…]
Met and had dinner with the Goto of Hiroshima members, including Dr. Kaya’s son Kiichi Kaya and daughter Toyoko Saeki. It was a great reunion and we appreciate all of their help and support of the documentary project!
Thanks to Akiko Furutani, board member of the Goto of Hiroshima foundation and President of the Hiroshima Interpreters Association, we were able to film B-roll of the thriving, confident, global city of peace and youth that Hiroshima city has become.