About West Encounters East


West Encounters East, a 60-minute documentary film released in 2013 by PBS, explores the themes of immigration, alienation and assimilation through the works of Japanese-Brazilian artists, descendants of a century-old diaspora that has given São Paulo, Brazil, the largest Japanese population outside Japan.

“The possibility of bridging cultures through art has always captured my soul, especially cultures that are so vastly different”, says filmmaker Stella M. Holmes, who was inspired by the works of these bicultural artists to embark upon a personal journey of discovery.​



  • Shown on more than 280 US public television channels, March 2013-present
  • Opening night, 17th Brazilian Film Festival of Miami, August 2013
  • Screened at Cinema Paradiso, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, August 2013

Honors and Awards

    • Winner of a Gold Award, International Movie Awards, 2014
      • Winner of a Silver Telly, 35th Annual Telly Awards, 2014
  • Winner of the Brazilian International Press Award, Cinema and Video, awarded to Stella Holmes 2014
  • Official selection of LA Femme Festival, October 2013
  • Official selection of New York City Independent Film Festival, October 2013
  • Official selection of Orlando Film Festival, October 2013​