Desolate Dreams is a dramatic short film set in 1942 downtown Los Angeles. It follows an African American journalist who advocates for justice alongside a Japanese American family forced into a prison camp after President FDR issued Executive Order 9066 following the events of Pearl Harbor.
Being a half-African American and half-Japanese filmmaker, I wanted to tell a story that not only looks at one Japanese American family’s experience with the impact of Pearl Harbor but also the African American community that advocated for justice alongside Japanese Americans. While some voices try to put the Asian and African American communities against each other, there is history of shared solidarity that deserves to be told. - Kiyoka "Kex" Rhodes (Writer, Producer, Director)This is a SAG-signatory production.