Haikus on a Plum Tree is Mujah’s visual memoir, a film in progress – a window into the story of her family saga. Her grandmother Topazia Alliata, a Sicilian princess, painter, and World War II survivor together with her husband, the anthropologist/ethnologist Fosco Maraini, and her three daughters, kept a dairy of their imprisonment in a Japanese concentration camp that is the seed of the story Mujah unfolds through her project. A fascinating perspective into their experience, their choices, and how that still impacts the generation/s that followed.

Topazia Alliata diary

Topazia Alliata’s war diary

Topazia and Fosco Maraini with their three daughters outside the Japanese concentration camp

Topazia and Fosco Maraini with their three daughters outside the Japanese concentration camp

Mujah and Marta

Pencil in a Concentration Camp, the poem at the beginning, is read and written by John Minczeski and dedicated to Topazia Alliata. It is part of a book of poems called Circle Routes (Akron Series in Poetry).

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Mujah with her grandfather's book Secret Tibet

Mujah with her grandfather’s book Secret Tibet