Road Dreams: fleeting impressions of the West captured from the passenger’s seat of a speeding auto (and a few stops along the way).
Early In 2011, I accepted an unusual assignment from a Japanese Public Television, NHK, documentary director. He proposed a film about the mood of the U.S.,10 years after 9/11. He wanted to film me and my son, Seth (who was 2nd still and video camera), on a cross country road trip, photographing his story – the family of a fallen fire fighter in New York, a Montana cafe owner who hired and protected undocumented workers, an Iraqi couple whose home, business, and family were destroyed by U.S. bombs, and among other people/topics, Manzanar, the Mojave Desert concentration camp, where some of the 110,000 “relocated” Japanese Americans were incarcerated during World War II. After 9/11 the Japanese Americans that held an annual remembrance ceremony there, invited American Muslims to join them in prayer and dance – sisters and brothers in unjustified discrimination. ***UNFINISHED – TO BE CONTINUED