The Closest Mexico to Japan

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El Mexico mas cercano al Japon (The Closest Mexico to Japan) Directed and Produced by Shinpei Takeda (48 mins / 2008) The documentary reveals rather unknown history of Japanese community in Tijuana that has existed since the 1920s. The documentary weaves the images taken by the first documentary photographer of Tijuana, Kingo Nonaka with testimonials from the first, second and the third generations of Japanese immigrants. It also highlights the history of post-globalized city Tijuana by shedding light on stories like plight of Japanese community during the world war II all the way to a story of contemporary economical and cultural point of connection between Japan and Mexico. Director / Producer / Editor : Shinpei Takeda Production: Atopus Studio, Subtitles: Noemi Rodriguez Funding provided by Transborder Institute, University of San Diego Official Selection: Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, BorDocs Film Festival, Canada International Film Festival