Filmmaker Kimi Takesue turns the camera on her resilient Japanese-American grandfather, a retired postal worker who has lived in Honolulu, Hawai'i for nearly a century. A recent widower in his 90s, Grandpa Tom seems content to go about his daily routines until one day Kimi reveals she is struggling with a fictional screenplay she has been writing. Tom shows unexpected interest in his granddaughter’s project and offers advice that is as shrewd as it is surprising. In alternately funny and poignant discussions, Kimi’s fictional love story and Tom’s creative revisions serve as a vehicle for his past memories of love, loss and endurance to surface.
Shot over six years, this intimate meditation on family and absence expands the vernacular of the "home movie" to consider how history is accumulated in the everyday and how sparks of humour and creativity can animate an ordinary life.
A Q&A with the director will follow the screening.