With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

New York Japan CineFest's program of four short films will be screening in Washington, D.C. on September 24

The Japan Information and Cultural Center (JICC)
New York Japan CineFest
When: Thursday, September 24th - 6:30pm 
1150 18th Street NW
Washington, DC

Highlighting some of the most exciting new voices in cinema, New York Japan CineFest will be coming to the Japan Information and Cultural Center (JICC, part of the Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of Japan) to present an exciting night of four short films by emerging female Japanese filmmakers.

The films that will be shown are:

Japan | 2011 | 25 min | Directed by Mitsuyo Miyazaki 
During post-war Japan, Tsuyako lives a demanding life as a mill factory worker, obedient wife, and loving mother. When an old female lover, Yoshie, pays a surprise visit, Tsuyako finds herself entranced by the dream of a different life. 
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Little Kyota Errand Hood
Japan | 2014 | 20 min | Directed by Satsuki Okawa 
Three years after the earthquake and tsunami, little boy Kyota meets little girl Shiori. Sharing similar eccentricities, the two quickly become friends and plan to embark on an adventure together. 
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Japan | 2014 | 23 min | Directed by Hazuki Aikawa
Tara, a young single mother, struggles to understand and come to terms with her son's gender identity. Reflection tells the story of a mother and her enduring influence on her child's life. It provides an honest look at what it means to be a parent to a LGBTQ+ youth. The screening will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with director Ema Ryan Yamazaki.
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Monk By Blood 
Japan | 2013 | 25 min | Directed by Ema Ryan Yamazaki 
As a first-born son, 21-year-old Scion Sasaki is destined to take over his family's Buddhist temple in Kyoto, a temple that is 800 years old and has been managed by 23 generations of Scion's family. Born in California, Scion was was brought back to Japan at the age of 9 and raised to understand his ultimate duty. Meanwhile, he juggles multiple worlds as a monk, DJ, and aspiring chef. 
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Please note that all films are unrated. Some films may contain mild sexual content.
Viewer discretion is advised.

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About the New York Japan CineFest:
New York Japan CineFest was founded by two filmmakers, Yasu Suzuki and Kosuke Furukawa, and a music producer, Hiroshi Kono. Originally planned as rather small one night event, a devastating earthquake occurred in their home country of Japan while the three friends organizing the event in 2011. Since then, their motivation to connect Asian films with films from America and the world, shaking the foundations in a positive way to raise spirits, has only increased.

New York Japan CineFest focuses on the independent filmmakers who have committed to fullly expressing their voice and vision to the world. In its fourth year, New York Japan CineFest will be presented in multiple cities after the New York premiere, which took place in June 2015, through April 2016; Washington D.C., Boston, Houston and more.

For more information about the festival, visit the New York Japan CineFest website.

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