Who's Going to Pay for These Donuts Anyway?

Janice Tanaka

1992 | 00:58:00 | United States | English | Color | Mono | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Family, Memory

This experimental documentary chronicles Janice Tanaka’s search for a father she has not seen since she was three years old. Possessing only sketchy information—that he had protested the internment of Japanese Americans citizens after the bombing of Pearl Harbor by writing letters to the President, that he had been arrested by the FBI and subsequently diagnosed as a schizophrenic with paranoid tendencies and institutionalized—Tanaka searched for her missing father for three and a half years. Tanaka blends social and personal memory into an evocative portrait of identity and loss, addressing issues of culture from the perspective of someone who feels pulled in two directions. Blending documentary, diary, narrative and experimental genres, Who’s Going to Pay is emotionally powerful and beautifully made.

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Prizes + Awards

Film Council of Greater Columbus, Bronze Plaque, 1993

World Fest Houston, Bronze Award, 1993

Charlotte Film and Video Festival, Gold Juror's Choice Award, 1993

Atlanta Film/Video Festival, Juror's Award, 1993

Exhibitions + Festivals

Whitney Museum of Art, Biennale, 1993