LA Femme Film Festival

West Encounters East Selected for LA Femme Film Festival



LA Femme Film Festival is a multiethnic and multicultural film festival devoted to empowering women in key positions creating commercially viable entertainment productions.


Miami, FL, October 1st , 2013 – West Encounters East, a documentary film by Stella M. Holmes, has been chosen as an official selection of LA Femme Film Festival, to be held October 17-20 at LA Live Regal Theaters in Los Angeles.


LA Femme Film Festival, which screens films made by women, “is about support and empowerment to those daring enough to put their vision on the line,” says festival Director Leslie LaPage. “It is through this that we can make a difference.”


West Encounters East, to be screened at 4 p.m. on October 17th, takes viewers on a journey to uncover a vibrant and unique art world. It focuses on a little-known population: the Japanese Brazilians, comprising the largest population of ethnic Japanese outside of Japan itself. The film explores the fusion of culture, history and tradition and the ongoing integration of Asian traditions into Latin American culture in the works of well-known Japanese Brazilian artists such as Tomie Ohtake, Yutaka Toyota, Kazuo Okubo and many others. The story of these multicultural artists, told primarily through their canvases, sculptures, ceramics and photography, brings to light the dynamic and little-known saga of the Japanese presence in Brazil.


“Bridging cultures through art has always captured my soul, especially cultures that are so vastly different,” says Ms. Holmes, whose experience of growing up with a Paraguayan mother and Argentine father gave her valuable insights into the issues and challenges examined in this film.


West Encounters East debuted nationally on WPBT Channel 2 in South Florida, and was subsequently aired on 280 television channels nationwide. Production of the film was made possible with support from Maria Estela Santacruz.