Robert A. Nakamura is a Professor Emeritus of UCLA having taught in the Department of Asian American Studies and Department of Film, Television and Digital Media in addition to being Associate Director of the Asian American Studies Center. A pioneering Asian American filmmaker, he has produced and directed numerous documentary films that have garnered many awards and screenings such the Sundance Film Festival, the Yamagata International Film Festival and Robert Flaherty Seminar for Independent Film and Cinema. He was founding Director of Visual Communications, the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, the Media Arts Center of the Japanese American National Museum and the UCLA Center for EthnoCommunications. His honors include the Ann C. Rosenfield Distinguished Community Partnership Prize, Distinguished Artist, C.O.L.A. (City of Los Angeles), UCLA Endowed Chair in Japanese American Studies and having has early work selected for retrospectives of the documentary form by the Film Forum, Oakland Museum of Modern Art and Long Beach Museum of Art.

Films by Robert A. Nakamura

Wataridori: Birds of Passage

This important tribute to the issei (first generation Japanese Americans) integrates the stories of three people who describe a collective history through their personal memories.