Date: Tue, 8 Jun 1999 12:19:17 -0700 (PDT)

Filmmaker Rea Tajiri on "Independent Filmmaking"

Irvine -- Subversity, a KUCI public affairs program, continues its focus on films and filmmaking with an interview with independent filmmaker Rea Tajiri, the director of "Strawberry Fields." She'll discuss "Independent FIlmmaking" and the transition from being a documentary filmmaker ("Yuri Kochiyama: Passion for Justice", "History and Memory") to a director of a dramatic feature about a rebellious Japanese American teenage girl. The film blends in archival footage of the camp experience with a dramatic treatment of youthful rebellion. Her interview airs from 5-6 p.m. Pacific time in Orange County on KUCI, 88.9 FM and is Web-cast live at

Interviewing her is show host Daniel C. Tsang. The film run has been extended through next Sunday in Orange County at Edwards University across the street from UC Irvine. Call (949) 854-8811 for times. It will also be showing at the Laemmle Grande in downtown Los Angeles, (213) 617-0268.

Strawberry Fields is a coming-of-age story of a young Japanese American girl growing up in Chicago, who is haunted by the memory of her dead sister and the historical trauma of the WW II internment of Japanese Americans. The girl also likes to burn things.

For more information on Tajiri's film, check out the Web-site: Strawberry Fields . A review by Orange County Register film critic Henry Sheehan appeared last Friday (June 4, 1999) (OCR) as well as one in the Los Angeles Times last Friday also by Jon Matsumoto (LAT).

Later this week, this interview will be available in RealAudio format at: realaudio.

Callers can chat with Ms. Tajiri during the show at: (949) 824-5824 or send e-mail to:

Tel: (949) 824-4978 (Tsang)