June Inuzuka crouching down at her long lost uncle's grave while filming "Dharma Road" in Wyoming.

DHARMA ROAD

A Personal Journey

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This documentary short follows the filmmaker, June Inuzuka and Denver Buddhist Temple priest, Reverend Okamoto, as they travel through the remnants of small Japanese communities in Wyoming. June searches for her long lost great uncle's grave site as Reverend Okamoto intones sutras for the those who have passed. There are only two facts she knows:  1) He was a young man when he was killed in a coal mining accident and is buried somewhere in Wyoming   2) His name was Hyasuke Yamasaki. 

 

In her search she discovers  the little known history of the early Japanese immigrants in the frontier west and their contributions to the coal mining and railroad industries. The Japanese immigrants may have been invisible to American historians but remnants of the thriving communities tell a different story. There is also a visit to the World War II internment site at Heart Mountain, Wyoming.

Original Photo of June Inuzuka's uncle that inspired "Dharma Road", Hyasuke Yamasaki.

Cast & Crew

June Inuzuka

June Inuzka

Director/Writer/Co-Producer

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Stephen Dreskin

Co-Producer

Jason Saylor

Jason Saylor

Director of Photography

Tyler Merkel

Tyler Merkel

Editor

Keiko Ozaki

Keiko Ozaki

Editor

Donna Hansen

Donna Hanson

Voice Actor

Fuji Dreskin

Fuji Dreskin

Animator/Voice Actor

Matao Dreskin

Matao Dreskin

Voice Actor, Graphic Artist

Andrea Dreskin

Andrea Dreskin

Media Specialist

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