“Henry’s Glasses” (2010, 20 min.) by Brendan Uegama. Set in a Japanese Canadian incarceration camp, a young boy must use the power of his imagination to escape reality and help a new elderly friend. Even to the old and obdurate Mr. Yamamoto, this gift may hold the power to make a skeptic believe.
The narrative shorts allow us to step back in time — creating a visceral experience of the sparse living quarters and barren desert, capturing the camaraderie and fractures that develop, and drawing us into the emotions of the characters. It is encouraging to see younger filmmakers remain connected to the stories of their ancestors.