Forgive Don’t Forget


2016, U.S./Japan, 71 Minutes, Unrated, English and Japanese with subtitles
Friday, February 24, 2017 – 3:00 PM


Special Guests: Writer/Editor/Co-director Austin Journey (W&M ’11) & Executive Producer/Co-director Brad Bennett
Hosted By: Michael Cronin, Associate Professor/Director of the W&M Japanese Program

When Japan surrendered to the U.S. at the end of World War II, numerous Japanese swords were confiscated and taken back to the U.S. In order to better understand the past and build a bridge between cultures in the present, an American filmmaker attempts to return one of these surrendered swords to its original owner. Writer, Editor, and Co-director Austin Journey (W&M ’11) and Executive Producer and Co-director Brad Bennett will be present for a Q&A session following the film.



Executive Producer / Co-director, Forgive-Don’t Forget

Beginning his career documenting professional surf culture around the world, Brad focused on cinematography and video journalism until he founded Shaking Hands Productions in 2004. The company has garnered numerous awards for cinematography since its inception and has been featured in various publications.



Writer/Editor/Co-director, Forgive-Don’t Forget

Having studied film and media in school, Austin (W&M ’11) began freelance work as a video producer in 2011 working with such organizations as Monticello and Hello Studios. Previously, Austin edited the 2011 film Rough Draft which won Best First Feature at the Williamsburg International Film Festival in Brooklyn.

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