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Exclusive: Clip From Award Winning ‘East Side Sushi’ Refuses To Back Down

Exclusive: Clip From Award Winning 'East Side Sushi' Refuses To Back Down

As Donald Trump continues to travel the country putting forth a disturbingly xenophobic agenda during his increasingly less quixotic campaign for the presidency, he conveniently ignores the self-evident fact that the United States’ history is shaped by the immigrant experience. Two different sets of cultures collide in the upcoming “East Side Sushi,” which tells the kind of story which could only happen in America.

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Starring Diana Elizabeth Torres, Yutaka Takeuchi and Jesus Fuentes and directed by Anthony Lucero, the story follows Juana, a Latino woman trying to raise her son on her own and who lands a job as a kitchen assistant at a local Japanese restaurant. She discovers a whole new world of cuisine and culture, and thus finds her passion for cooking reignited, but things get tricky when she demands a promotion. As you’ll see in this clip, her drive to move from the back in the kitchen to the front of the house is met with some resistance.

Picking up awards across the festival circuit at Cinequest, Center for Asian American Media Film Festival (CAAM), Naples International Film Festival, Heartland, Cine+Mas Latino Film Festival, Napa Valley Film Festival, San Francisco Indie Film Fest, Beloit International Film Festival, Arizona International Film Festival, Black Hills Film Festival, Cinetopia Int. Film Festival, and Prescott Int. Film Festival, “East Side Sushi” will open on September 18th. Watch below.

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I grew up in East LA and lived with this same racism toward Latinos. This is no longer acceptable. Looks like a beautiful film offering a great role model to young men and women.


Great acting, she makes me think of Salma Hayek


Amazing film! Breathing!! A must see!!


Does anyone else think she looks very much like Salma Hayek?

Christie Najera

@Veronica M. Love it! Latinas are more than jus their looks. This shows us we can be whoever we want. We are definitely moving in the right direction here.


Sushi? Latina? Interesting combo…


You go, girl!

Benny P.

@marialuz I completely agree with you. So many times Latinos are viewed in a negative way. I must watch this movie. If the clip was so good, I can’t imagine what the entire film will be like.

David D.

I’ve seen the movie – it’s terrific. What’s especially good about it is that her own family is skeptical of the Japanese culture as well. I hope the movie finds theatres all over the country.


Loving this article! I especially love the first sentence calling out Donald Trump. Latinos are not what he says and this proves it. Great article, Kevin! :)


I’m glad Latin@s are viewed in a different light, like this film. It’s about time.


Arriba las Latinas!


Maybe Donald Trump should check out this film!


She’s no joke. Donald Trump should check out this movie.


I think ALL women can relate to her. We must stand up for equality. We deserve an opportunity!

Veronica M.

This is who Latinas are: strong women who fight for bettering themselves and their families. #proudlatina


Watch out for Latinas…they’re not joke!


You go girl! She wasn’t having it. So proud that she stood up for what she believes. :)


She is right: Latino@s deserve an opportunity! Proud Latina here!

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