• Lead Artists

    Nonny de la Peña, Sharon Yamato

  • USA 2021. 18min

    World Premiere

  • Language


Where to watch

6 to 17 October, 11AM to 9PM, in person at 26 Leake Street

6 to 17 October, virtually at The Expanse, available for free internationally

This cutting-edge media project brings to life the wartime diary of Stanley Hayami, a Japanese-American teenager who, during the Second World War, was forced into captivity with his family and many other American citizens of Japanese descent at Wyoming’s Heart Mountain Relocation Center. Viewers are invited to enter the rugged living conditions where the Hayami family lived as Stanley describes with poignant optimism the difficult reality he faces being imprisoned behind barbed wire. An artist at heart, his various drawings and sketches inspired US VR director Nonny de la Pena – frequently described as ‘The Godmother of VR’ – to tell Stanley’s story. Employing state-of-the-art VR technology, the teenager’s writings and drawings come to life through live-action characters, 3D animation and photogrammetry of actual surroundings.

Ulrich Schrauth

Age recommendation: 15+

Contains scenes of racism

  • Project Creator

    Nonny de la Peña, PhD

  • Key Collaborator

    Sharon Yamato

  • Directors-Writers

    Nonny de la Peña, PhD, Sharon Yamato

  • Quill Animator

    Haley Tomaszewski

  • Lead Engineer

    Chaitanya Shah

  • Technical Director

    Jonathan Yomayuza

  • Art Director

    Charlie Park

  • Producer

    Dan Brower

  • Production Company

    Emblematic Group

  • Produced in Partnership with Japanese American National Museum

    With Kurt Kanazawa, Nobuaki Shimamoto, Sachiyo K, Kristen Hayashi, Kawai Akiona, Jesse McBride

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