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Screening of HAFU | the mixed-race experience in Japan

May 21, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

$8 – $15

We have sold out of tickets, but please add your name on our wait list (via Eventbrite).  We hope to do another screening later in the year and would like to let you know about it!
If you missed the screening this past March with Open Show, this is your chance to see it with us!  Director Megumi Nishikura will be available for Q&A!

With an ever increasing movement of people between places in this transnational age, there is a mounting number of mixed-race people in Japan, some visible others not. “Hafu” is the unfolding journey of discovery into the intricacies of mixed-race Japanese and their multicultural experience in modern day Japan. The film follows the lives of five “hafus”–the Japanese term for people who are half-Japanese–as they explore what it means to be multiracial and multicultural in a nation that once proudly proclaimed itself as the mono-ethnic nation. For some of these hafus Japan is the only home they know, for some living in Japan is an entirely new experience, and others are caught somewhere between two different worlds.

According to the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, one in forty-nine babies born in Japan today are born into families with one non-Japanese parent. This newly emerging minority in Japan is under-documented and under-explored in both literature and media. The feature-length HD documentary film, “Hafu – the mixed-race experience in Japan” seeks to open this increasingly important dialogue. The film explores race, diversity, multiculturalism, nationality, and identity within the mixed-race community of Japan. And through this exploration, it seeks to answer the following questions: What does it mean to be hafu?; What does it mean to be Japanese?; and ultimately, What does all of this mean for Japan?

Narrated by the hafus themselves, along with candid interviews and cinéma vérité footage, the viewer is guided through a myriad of hafu experiences that are influenced by upbringing, family relationships, education, and even physical appearance. As the film interweaves five unique life stories, audiences discover the depth and diversity of hafu personal identities.

Recommended for children ages 10+.


  • $8 for Children 12 years of age and under
  • $10 for Japan Society Members & Students (Please show ID at time of check-in)
  • $15 for Nonmembers
  • Online registration closes at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, May 21
  • No refunds after Wednesday, May 14


  • $20 per person (space permitting)


  • 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM       Registration
  • 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM       Screening
  • 8:30 PM – 8:00 PM       Q&A with director Megumi Nishikura (via Skype)





Open Show organizes live events worldwide where the public can see compelling work and interact directly with photographers, filmmakers and multimedia producers. Creators from amateurs to award-winning professionals are invited to submit work from diverse genres including reportage, art, commercial, historical and more.


May 21, 2014
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
$8 – $15
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Briana Burrows


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San Francisco, CA 94111 United States
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