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Shikata Ga Nai (It Cannot Be Helped)

Directed by Kevin Kodama
  • 2022
  • 11 mins

A fantasy romance set in the ruins of a Japanese American incarceration camp where two young women attempt to reconcile their relationship as ghosts.

About the Director
Kevin Kodama is a writer/director born and raised in the suburbs of San Francisco, Calif. They recently graduated summa cum laude from San Francisco State University earning a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema. They were accepted into the 2021-2022 Undergraduate Thesis program at SFSU and was also a recipient of the 2021-2022 Marcus Undergraduate Research Fellowship Award for their short film, “Shikata Ga Nai,” which recently won “Best Cinematography” at the 62nd Film Finals hosted by SF State and was runner-up in the Student Competition at the 2022 March on Washington Film Festival. They aim to write, direct, and produce original feature films which contemplate identity, reconciliation, and morality while challenging hegemonic narratives and exploring unique stories in history.

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Dates & Times


AMC Kabuki 8 SF Japantown

Sat, Feb 25
11:55 am

San Jose Betsuin Buddhist Church

Sun, Feb 26
12:25 pm