Grandma's Manju

    Pitch Video

    Stories told over Grandma’s manju, lead us through Japanese Canadian WWII history.

    Genre: Documentary
    Target Audience: Children 5-12
    Target Length: 30 minutes
    Budget: $50,000

    Created By

    Tristan Calvo ,  British-Columbia


    Sitting in the kitchen enjoying her Grandma's manju was a time when Manami would listen to her Grandma's past stories. A few of those stories were from the period in which her Grandma & her family were displaced from their farm on BC's coast & moved to the interior during WWII, simply for being of Japanese ancestry. Now her Grandma is gone, along with the stories & all the questions left unasked. To continue the tradition of sharing stories from the past, while enjoying Grandma's manju, with her daughter Maya, Manami is embarking on a journey of discovery. With Maya, Manami plans to discover more about her family's stories, & those of the broader Vancouver Japanese community, during WWII. Through this family documentary, Manami invites us all on this journey into the past with her.


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    The Team

    We are proud to be working with a team of wonderful individuals who are creative, talented, and great problem solvers. We are looking to round out our team with an editor from the Vancouver area, who has experience working with historic footage.

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