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The Caretaker (film)


Short film about Josey Gerrish, a migrant from Fiji, who serves as the caretaker for 95 year old Haru Tsurumoto in Sonoma County, California. Told through Josey's first-person narrative, we learn that she had hoped to be doctor or nurse, but, like many Fijian woman, had to leave her own family behind to become a caretaker in the U.S. She finds herself immediately drawn to Haru, with the women linked by their outsider status. During World War II, Haru had been among those Japanese Americans forcibly removed and held in concentration camps. In the U.S. without papers, Joesy worries about getting stopped by police and deported.

The Caretaker is the first of an online documentary series titled Immigrant Nation by Theo Rigby.

Authored by Brian Niiya , Densho

Might also like Enemy Alien (2011); Letters from Camp (2016); Manzanar: Never Again (2008)

Media Details
Release Date 2012
Runtime 7 minutes
Director Theo Rigby
Starring Joesy, Haru Tsurumoto
Music Dan Wool
Cinematography Theo Rigby
Editing John Kane
Studio Dogpatch Films
Distributor New Day Films
For More Information

For More Information

The Caregiver on Dogpatch Films website. [Stream of the film.]

Theo Rigby Films: http://immigrationfilms.com .

Op-Docs: The Caretaker . The New York Times , June 24, 2013.