Documentary: A Sorry State (2012)

Premiered Edmonton International Film Festival; aired on TVO/Knowledge/CTV2 in 2013

Watch the full film here (in Canada only – please contact Mitch to screen outside of Canada)

Synopsis With three Canadian government apologies to his parents and stepparents for past racist actions, filmmaker Mitch Miyagawa has the most apologized-to family in the country—maybe even the world.

But what do they mean, to his parents, his young children and to his country?  A Sorry State chronicles his life-changing journey of discovery.

A 47-minute documentary, A Sorry State was produced by Up and Away Productions and Panacea Entertainment, and commissioned by TVO.

Written/Directed by Mitch Miyagawa

Story Editor Manfred Becker

Produced by Mitch Miyagawa / Josh Miller / Lisa Byrne

Current Screenings: Check Events page


  • Canadian Screenwriting Award for Documentary, Writers Guild of Canada, 2013
  • 4 AMPIA Rosie Nominations: winner, Best Overall Sound, 2013
  • NFB Development Prize & Audience Choice Award at the 2008 Whistler International Film Festival, Pitch Fest West
  • World Premiere at Edmonton International Film Festival 2012
  • The Current, CBC
  • Toronto Star, January 7, 2013
  • Huffington Post, January 8, 2013

Media Kit

A Sorry State Press Kit
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Educational Use

To arrange to use the film in your classroom, school, or educational institution, please contact Mitch Miyagawa directly.  Mitch is also available to give Q+As, discussions, and talks.