CHANGING SEASON: ON THE MASUMOTO FAMILY FARM
Directed by Jim Choi
Best Director (Documentary), 2015 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
Best Feature Documentary, 2015 Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival
In the heart of the Central Valley, you will find the sweetest peaches on the Masumoto Family Farm. David “Mas” Masumoto owns and runs the organic farm, originally purchased by his father immediately after Japanese internment. But as Mas gets older and with the California drought getting worse, the farm will have to transition into its next phase. Luckily for him, Mas’ daughter Nikiko has stepped up from college to try her hand at the family business. Wearing her father’s smile and pride in the farm, she also brings something new to the table: her identity as a queer, multiracial woman. As the father-daughter team prepares for the changing season, they take on the farm’s struggles together as a family.
CHANGING SEASON portrays the bind between father and daughter with delicate, respectful, mutual love. The kind that’s the envy of most families and most businesses, and the kind that gives us faith that theirs will be a successful transition. Director Jim Choi captures the decisive year with a collected hope, and the same love and respect the Masumotos bring to their work. –James Paguyo
Co-presented by: JACL-SD