At the heart of this documentary are peaches and a family that has grown them for generations. In California’s Central Valley, the Masumotos grow fruit with their own brand of resilience and dedication; as David ‘Mas’ Masumoto says: “we plant stories.” Originally arid and bought dirt cheap by Mas’ parents upon their release from WWII internment camps, the farm today is 80 acres of Certified Organic land, famed for its sustainability, social responsibility, and magnificent heirloom harvest. But the farm is undergoing major changes as drought looms, Mas’ 60th birthday approaches, and daughter Nikiko returns from college to learn the ropes and take over from her father.
Changing Season follows Mas and Nikiko over the course of this pivotal year, as knowledge and memory pass from father to daughter. Far from Eden, this is the story of a family braving social injustice and the uncertainties of health and climate, and their celebration of labour, food, and home. -SL