Japanese Film Festival in Lawrence!
Come join us at the Lawrence Public Library to watch four contemporary Japanese documentaries addressing topics including ethnicity, immigration, politics, and child development. All films are free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Japan Foundation, Lawrence Public Library, KU Center for East Asian Studies, and KU Department of Film and Media Studies.
Saturday Nov. 7, 1 p.m. │Lonely Swallows
Lonely Swallows follows the struggles of Japan’s Japanese-Brazilian population, particularly those who came to Japan at a young age with their immigrant parents. The film focuses on five of these youngsters as they work to realize their dreams and survive losses over the course of two and a half years.Original Title:独なツバメたちデカセギの子どもに生まれて (Kodoku na Tsubametachi Dekasegi no Kodomo ni Umarete). Directed by Kimihiro Tsumura and Mayu Nakamura. 2011, 88 mins.Japanese with English subtitles.
Saturday, Nov. 7, 3 p.m. │ Hafu
Hafu is the way half-Japanese people refer to themselves. The word packs a great deal of meaning. This documentary, narrated by hafu themselves, explores the meaning of race, diversity, nationality and identity. Original Title: ハーフ. Directed by Megumi Nishikura and Lara Perez Takagi. 2013, 90 mins. Japanese with English subtitles.
Sunday, Nov. 8, 1 p.m. │ Children of the Woods
This film follows preschoolers at the Kisarazu Community Nursery School in Chiba Prefecture whose philosophy is: “Children will not grow unless they are put in a risky environment. They will not grow healthily unless they get injured, covered in mud and play rough and physical games.” Original Title:里山っ子たち(Satoyamakkotachi. Directed by Masaki Haramura. 2008, 110 mins. Japanese with English subtitles.
Sunday, Nov. 8, 3 p.m. │ Campaign
This cinema-verité documentary follows an election campaign in Kawasaki in which a political unknown who is backed by the Prime Minister is vying for office. The film, strives to reveal the true nature of “democracy.”Original Title: 選挙 (Senkyo). Written and directed by Kazuhiro Soda2007, 120 mins. Japanese with English subtitles.
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