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.
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.