Orlando Film Festival

West Encounters East an Official Selection of Orlando Film Festival


Miami, FL, October 1st , 2013 – West Encounters East, a documentary film by Stella M. Holmes, is an official selection of Orlando Film Festival, to be held October 16-20.

The festival looks for “good films to screen to huge crowds of cinema-lovers,” organizers say. West Encounters East will be shown at 11 a.m. October 20th at Cobb Plaza Cinema Café 12 155 South Orange Ave., Orlando, Florida.

The film 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 María Estela Santacruz.