Short- “In Waiting” by Atsuko Okatsuka

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Yay! LA presents the full documentary short of In Waiting, a portrait of generational bonds from Atsuko Okatsuka.

By Daniel Barron


Last month, comedian and filmmaker Atsuko Okatsuka spoke with Yay! LA about her documentary short In Waiting, a portrait of generational bonds that screened as part of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. The film focuses on the connection shared between the director’s mother of and grandmother, the former of which is diagnosed with epilepsy and schizophrenia. Okatsuka writes that the title speaks to a consistent theme in the lives of her and her family.

“All of the subjects in the film (my grandmother, my mother, and me) are constantly in the act of waiting: Whether it’s my mom and grandma waiting for the bus to come, waiting for their retirement checks to come in the mail, or waiting for their next doctor’s appointment, they wait a lot.  And as a result, I wait as well.”

Read more of Okatsuka’s thoughts on the film in our preview. Now, the entire 23-minute film is presented below for your viewing pleasure. Watch and recognize.



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Atsuko Okatsuka. Photo: Annie Lasser



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Rudderless college graduate Daniel Barron founded Yay! LA Magazine on a love of writing, passion for the arts, and a firm belief that people really like talking about themselves. He contributed to a number of publications, including LA Music Blog and the defunct The Site Unscene, before deciding to cover arts and entertainment the way he wanted to read it. He works as a freelance writer and digital PR consultant in his current home of Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter at @YayDanielBarron.

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