Movie Night Returns to the Asian Film Festival

Examining multicultural life - The documentary: HAFU: The Mixed-Race Experience In Japan

Harvard Club of San Diego goes back to the movies! 

On Tuesday, Nov 12th at 6pm, we will be joining the San Diego Asian Film Festival again, this time to see Hafu: The Mixed-Race Experience in Japan.  The screening will take place at the Digiplex Mission Valley, and we are invited to a post-movie reception with the filmmaker.  Complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic drinks will be available at the reception. Buy tickets directly from the Festival website and use promo code HARVARD to get your tickets for $10 each.


Movie Description

Official Selection, 2013 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Do we need to be defined? HAFU seeks to answer this question, and many important ones like it, as it proudly displays the new wave of multi-cultural families living in Japan. As we learn, the term “hafu” – literally meaning “half” – has both positive and negative connotations, and in the film we see how mixed-race people living in Japan not only long to be acknowledged, but accepted and understood.

Directors Megumi Nishikura and Lara Perez Tagaki, hafus themselves, present five intimate stories featuring people whose ethnic and national identity are called into question every day of their lives. Whether it’s 28-year-old David, who’s lived in Japan nearly his entire life and is now looking to give back to his mother’s village in Ghana, or 9-year-old Alex, who leaves Japan to live with his mother’s family in Mexico after traumatically being bullied in school for being different. Or maybe you identify with Sophia, who’s lived in Australia her whole life, but comes to Japan to learn about a culture and language she barely knows. HAFU opens a dialogue about what it means to live in an increasingly global world and, inspired by David and the other hafu leaders in the film, is here to support the next generation. –James Paguyo, Pac-Arts Movement

Date: November 12, 2013 

Time: 6pm movie, post-movie reception with filmmaker 

Location:  Digiplex Mission Valley (formerly Ultrastar Mission Valley)  at 7510 Hazard Center Drive  |  San Diego, CA 92108

Discounted tickets for HCSD: only $10 

Buy tickets directly and use promo code "HARVARD"