People Aren't All That Bad

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Eighty-eight year Yutaka Kobayashi shares his struggles as a Japanese American before and leading up to the World War II Japanese American Internment Camps.

Surprisingly, it was during this dark period in his life that he experienced compassion and kindness from where he least expected it, a gun tower guard from within the Topaz Internment Camp.

About the filmmaker 

Based out of Cleveland, Ohio, Matthew Hashiguchi is an award winning documentary filmmaker and multimedia journalist whose work focuses on the diverse cultural, social and ethnic stories of American society. After graduating from The Ohio State University in 2007, where he studied photojournalism, Hashiguchi worked and interned as a multimedia journalist for various news outlets such as The Lima News in Lima, Ohio, The Findlay Courier in Findlay, Ohio, and The Washington Post. In May 2011, Hashiguchi graduated from Emerson College with an MFA in Visual & Media Art and made a full transition into documentary filmmaking.

His most recent documentary, a film on New Orleans titled The Lower 9: A Story of Home, premiered at the 2011 Big Muddy Film Festival and has been officially selected for the 2012 Heartland Film Festival, 2012 Louisville International Festival of Film and the 2012 Chagrin Documentary Film Festival. It also received a grant and Second Place Gold Circle Award from The Caucus for Producers, Writer’s and Director’s Foundation and a Best Short Documentary Award from the Spring 2012 Asians on Film Festival. The film is currently slated for distribution through Third World Newsreel.

Currently, Matthew teaches Digital Media at Virginia Marti College in Lakewood, Ohio, and is working on a documentary about multiracial identity in America. Titled Good Luck Soup, the film is about the evolution of the American identity and will reveal the racial and ethnic transition that has occurred within his own family through interracial marriage and multiracial children. The film was invited to the American Documentary Film Fund Pitch Session in 2012.