New Orleans Loving Festival – HAFU

Please join us for a New Orleans Premiere Screening!

HAFU: The Mixed-Race Experience in Japan by Megumi Nishikura & Lara Perez Takagi

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.  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?  (2013, 90 minutes)  Japanese and English subtitles.  Admission is Free.  LIMITED SEATING.

After the screening there will be a Skype Q&A with Hafu Producer/Director MEGUMI NISHIKURA, followed by a conversation with the New Orleans Hapa community about the collaborative effort to create a Hapa Photo Scroll.  For more information about the Hapa Schroll contact

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HOSTED by the Japan Society of New Orleans, Press Street’s Antenna Gallery and Charitable Film Network, in conjunction with the 3rd Annual New Orleans Loving Festival a multiracial community celebration and film festival that challenges racial discrimination through outreach and education. Look Here for additional Loving Festival events.