With the ever-increasing movement of people in this transnational age, there is a growing number of people of mixed heritage in Japan – some visible, others not. Hafu is a journey of discovery into the complex multicultural experiences of these people in modern day Japan.
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 of multiple heritages in a nation that once proudly proclaimed itself to be mono-ethnic.
For some of these hafus, Japan is the only home they know. For others, living in Japan is an entirely new experience. And still others find themselves caught between two different worlds.
The screening will be followed by a pre-recorded conversation between co-director Lara Pérez Takagi and Dr Marcos Centeno (Centre for Film Studies, SOAS)
Part of the Mixed Roots season, hosted by the Centre for Film Studies, SOAS University of London.
PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO ADVERTS PLAYED BEFORE FILMS IN THE BERTHA DOCHOUSE SCREEN. ALL FEATURES WILL START PROMPTLY FOLLOWING A SELECTION OF TRAILERS.