Steven Okazaki‘s diverse filmography includes children’s films, documentaries and independent features. Segments from his films have been featured on “The CBS Evening News,” “The NBC Nightly News,” ABC News’ “Nightline,” CNN and “Oprah.”
His first feature documentary, Survivors, about Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors, was broadcast on PBS in 1982. In 1985, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Unfinished Business, the story of three Japanese Americans who challenged the incarceration of their people. With a fellowship from the American Film Institute, he moved in a different direction with Living on Tokyo Time, a no-budget comedy that premiered at Sundance in 1987. In 1991, Okazaki won an Academy Award and a Peabody for Days of Waiting. His next films were Troubled Paradise, which looks at native Hawaiian activism and aired on PBS, Hunting Tigers, a comic look at Tokyo pop culture and American Sons, a look at Asian-American men and racism.
Pkazaki’s latest work is Rehab, broadcasted on HBO. He recently completed The Mushroom Club, about a group of hibakusha—survivors—of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.