Documentary Film Screening – Toyo Miyatake: Infinite Shades of Gray

Toyo Miyatake film poster

Online ticket sales are closed but tickets can be purchased at the door.

Having smuggled a lens and film holder into one of America’s concentration camps during World War II, Toyo Miyatake was among the first to photograph this national disgrace. Yet it was his little-known artistic pursuits before the war that honed his discerning eye. Toyo Miyatake: Infinite Shades of Gray is a penetrating portrait of this photographer’s quest to capture the beauty and dignity of everyday life.

A discussion and Q&A led by the film’s writer/producer Karen L. Ishizuka and director Robert Nakamura will follow the film showing.


Friday, January 22 at 7:00pm (museum doors open at 6:00pm)

  • $10 ($7 for members)
  • Advance ticket purchase required
  • Tickets will be held at the door under your name
  • Please note that the Cornell Café and Gardens will be closed for the evening.


Karen L. Ishizuka is an independent writer. Her latest book is Serve the People: Making Asian America in the Sixties (Verso Press, 2015). She is also the author of Lost and Found: Reclaiming the Japanese American Incarceration (University of Illinois Press, 2006) and co-editor of Mining the Home Movie: Excavations in Histories and Memories (co-editor, University of California Press, 2008), in addition to many journal articles. A former documentary film producer and museum curator, her awards include an HBO Producers Award, 1st Place C.L.R. James Scholar Essay and three CINE Golden Eagles.

Robert Nakamura is a pioneering filmmaker and influential teacher and mentor. Currently professor emeritus of UCLA’s Department of Asian American Studies, he has been a major force in the conception and growth of Asian Pacific American community media arts since 1970. In addition to his award-winning films and over 35 years of teaching, Nakamura was founding director of Visual Communications, founded
the UCLA Center for Ethno Communications and created the Media Arts Center of the Japanese American National Museum.