OMCA Film & Artist Talk | East Side Sushi

Friday, July 10, 2015, 6:30 pm
Friday, July 10, 2015 - 6:30pm

In the spirit of special exhibition Who is Oakland? OMCA screens this award-winning film that tells a uniquely Oakland story about self-discovery through food. East Side Sushi introduces us to Juana, a working-class Latina single mother whose years of working in the food industry have made her hands very fast, slicing and dicing with great speed and precision. When she lands a kitchen assistant job at a local Japanese restaurant, Juana discovers a whole new world of cuisine and culture, far-removed from everything she has ever known. After observing the sushi chefs and eventually teaching herself to make a multitude of sushi, Juana’s passion for food drives her to want more from her job and her life. When she attempts to become a sushi chef but is unable to because she is the “wrong” race and gender, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery, determined to not let anyone stop her from achieving her dream.

View the trailer.

Join the screening, followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Anthony Lucero and Vicki Wong, film producer Julie Rubio, and artist Favianna Rodriguez, whose work can be seen in the Who is Oakland? exhibition, moderated by OMCA Curator of Public Practice Evelyn Orantes.

Seating is on a first come first served basis and subject to capacity. Please arrive early for best seating.

Included with Museum admission. During Friday Nights @ OMCA, from 5 to 9 pm, admission is half-price for adults, free for ages 18 and under. Admission for Members is always free.