Film Screening:

Film Screening: "Becoming Yamazushi" followed by Q&A with Director G Yamazawa

A son honoring family legacy discovers how art can be a champion for healing, lost history, and cultural liberation, as he takes us on the poetic journey of Yamazushi.

Come join us for a film screening of Becoming Yamazushi (2022) on Thursday, April 20th at 4pm in Seigle L006.

Directed and narrated by Japanese American MC and poet G Yamazawa, the documentary is a family history about G’s immigrant parents and their restaurant, Yamazushi. Through a poetic narration of his parents’ journey of running the oldest Japanese restaurant in Durham, North Carolina, G honors family legacy and discovers how art can be a champion for healing, lost history, and cultural liberation.


This event has been organized by Daniel Woo, Postdoctoral Fellow in Ethnic Studies. The program will feature a 15-minute film screening, followed by a Q/A moderated by Daniel and Ila Sheren, Associate Professor of Art History and Archaeology and Director of Graduate Studies in AMCS.

Bio: G Yamazawa is an MC, poet, and teaching artist born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. A National Poetry Slam Champion and Kundiman Fellow, he has toured in 48 states and 12 countries, with notable performances at the Sundance Film Festival, the Pentagon, Princeton University, and NYU-Abu Dhabi. Becoming Yamazushi is G’s first film and has been awarded the Reel South Award at the 2022 New Orleans Films Festival.


Check out the trailer for Becoming Yamazushi