7-8:30pm Screening (will start promptly at 7pm)
8:30-9pm Q&A with Director Megumi Nishikura
One in forty-nine babies born in Japan today have one non-Japanese parent, a trend that is rarely addressed in mainstream media.
This documentary film follows the lives of five “hafus” (biracial or ethnically half Japanese) as they explore what it means to be multiracial and multicultural in a nation that once proudly proclaimed itself as a mono-ethnic nation.
What does it mean to be hafu? What does it mean to be Japanese? And what does all of this mean for Japan? Come see for yourself, meet the director and support your community!
Kevin Gordon - Border Patrol Body Slam
Featured by the New York Times, this film will change the way you view lucha libre-style wrestling. Blue Demon Jr., a self-proclaimed defender of Mexican immigrants, does battle against wrestlers who portray United States border patrol agents.
Jeremy Rourke – Under Cold Bright Stars
One of Open Show’s perennially popular presenter returns with his latest and greatest stop action video, complete with a live music performance.
Lonny Shavelson – Dying in Prison
Increasing numbers of prisoners die while incarcerated because of long mandatory sentences. Gaining rare access to Vacaville’s prison hospice, Lonny produced this short documentary for the Center for Investigative Reporting.
Simon Christen – Adrift
A short film and love letter to the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area. Waking up before dawn for over two years, this Pixar animator captured the magical interaction between the soft mist, the ridges of the California coast and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Winner of Open Show SF’s 2013 Excellence in Motion Award.
Amy Chanthaphavong – Loss, Life & Laos
A local documentary about identity and hope despite loss. Amy tells the story of Soutkita “La” Reagan, founder of Jai Lao Foundation, on their struggles as Laotian Americans carrying legacies left by their parents.
Kip Baldwin – The Turnout
A short fictional film shot in the Briones Park in the hills above Martinez. It’s cute and romantic with a surprise ending!
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