Mixing cultures, race and families is at the heart of any intercultural/interracial marriage. In Occidental Encounters, Yuriko Gamo Romer explores this subject while in the midst of her own “mixed” engagement and wedding. Two very colorful, more experienced couples expound on their experiences as the filmmaker raises issues and questions. The film specifically looks at Japanese American mixed marriage, but the issues transcend the specifics to the point that any marriage is in fact a joining of two cultures, as most married people can attest to.
Occidental Encounters is a National Educational Media Network, Silver Apple recipient, an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 1998 Student Academy Award Gold Medalist, and a Jimmy Stewart Memorial Crystal Heart Award winner.