About 50 people came to L Plaza, near Sapporo Station yesterday for the community screening of the film. Some Imagine students and NHK students came too. Thankyou!
I hope everyone enjoyed the film. I think it is not just a film for mixed-race or foreign people in Japan, but for ALL people because it looks at Japan with love and wonders what the future of this country and its society will be.
The film features 5 different people and their background and experiences as Hafu in Japan. For me, the most moving story is the woman who discovered as a teenager that she was half Korean, because her mother kept it a secret and warned her that marrying a Japanese man might be hard.
Some of them are members of a group called Mixed Roots in Kansai. A group to bring together people of diverse backgrounds.
Now a Mixed Roots Hokkaido group is being formed :-)
Today, Sunday, there is a 2nd screening and we will try to have a discussion session after the film.
It's a busy weekend for me - I only slept 3 hours last night! - but it is fun and good to bring together many people for a good project.
(Photo by Yoko Otake)