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Looking for Jiro
U.S.A. / 5:45 / 2011 / sound / b/w / English
"Looking for Jiro" explores the hidden dimensions of same sex intimacy for Japanese Americans incarcerated by the US government during World War II. This experimental performance video is inspired by Jiro Onuma, a gay Issei (immigrant) who was imprisoned at Topaz concentration camp in central Utah. He worked in the prison mess hall and was also an avid fan of homoerotic male physique magazines. How did this dandy gay bachelor from San Francisco survive the isolation, humiliation, and homophobia of imprisonment? This queer musical mash-up video features drag king performance, US propaganda footage, muscle building, and homoerotic bread making. This film combines archival materials, queer speculation, and camp aesthetics to imagine alternative queer visions of Japanese American history.

Part of the Queer Camp Trilogy.
Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre
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Toronto ON Canada M6J 0C9
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Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto ON Canada M6J 0C9
Monday - Thursday / 10:00 - 18:00
(416)  588 - 0725