Presented by the Park School Parents’ Association, the Cultural Diversity Film & Discussion Series has been meeting since 1995. The purpose of the group is to provide a forum for parents, faculty, students, and members of the community to celebrate multiculturalism and to achieve a greater understanding of diversity issues. All events are free and open to the public.
Hafu is Japanese for “half Japanese”, and the preferred way to self-identify in Japanese society. The film follows mixed race individuals, both born in Japan and who have migrated there, highlighting the complexities of being mixed race in the historically “mono-ethnic” country. The project began as an in-depth photographic and interview study of Hafus and grew into this feature length documentary. The individuals and families cope with ignorance and prejudice, and some suffer crises of belonging. The filmmakers hope to increase dialogue about what it means to be Hafu, both internally and in Japanese culture, as well as the issues of diversity, multiculturalism, and national identity.
Awarded “Best Documentary” at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival.