Rebuild | Redress

    Pitch Video

    A family forced from home. A Tea House in ruins. The past forgotten. And now, four generations later, a new beginning.

    Genre: Documentary
    Target Audience: Youth 12-17
    Target Length: 30 minutes
    Budget: $50,000

    Created By

    Bryan Smith ,  British-Columbia


    Kensuke’s Tea House in Esquimalt’s Gorge Park was a famous destination. But when he was forcibly moved to an internment camp during the Second World War, local residents looted and destroyed the Tea House. With his home and business in ruins, Kensuke decided to move east. Four generations later, Kensuke’s great-grandson Dillon has moved to Victoria and is building a life in the same community that once rejected his family. Only now things are different. A campaign to rebuild the Tea House as a community centre is in full-swing. As new facts surface, the family is learning more about their heritage, about themselves, and about the community they call home. Rebuild | Redress follows the Takata family’s story and explores how our community can recognize the past and build a better future.


    The Tea House Initiative - A Summary
    Righting a Historical Wrong: The Tea House Initiative
    Tea House Plan and a Vision for Esquimalt

    The Team

    We are a multidisciplinary team with a wide range of skills and experiences to draw from. Our team features historians, community members, filmmakers, and instructional designers, all coming together to tell this important story about our community.

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