The Book of Distance
Randall Okita | 25:00 | 2020 | Canada
In 1935, Yonezo Okita left his home in Hiroshima, Japan, and began a new life in Canada. Then war and state-sanctioned racism changed everything—he became the enemy. Three generations later, his grandson, artist Randall Okita, leads us on an interactive virtual pilgrimage through an emotional geography of immigration and family to recover what was lost.
NOTE: While the jury considered the full VR build, due to circumstances beyond our control, The Book of Distance will only be available to OIAF passholders as a walkthrough with commentary.
Randall Okita is a Canadian artist and filmmaker whose work employs sculpture, technology, physically challenging performances or stunt work, and rich cinematography. His work has been shown in both group and solo exhibition, awarded internationally, and screened at festivals around the world, including retrospective screenings of his short-film catalogue in San Francisco and Toronto.
Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Okita lives and works in Toronto and Japan.