Hafu – Upcoming Screenings

Synopsis from the Hafu website:

With an ever increasing movement of people between places in this transnational age, there is a mounting number of mixed-race people in Japan, some visible others not. “Hafu” is the unfolding journey of discovery into the intricacies of mixed-race Japanese and their multicultural experience 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 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.

Upcoming Screenings

Please check our screenings page for the latest updates.

19~25 Zushi, Kanagawa Cinema Amigo
24 – London Premiere! at Birbeck University

8 – Stuttgart, Germany – Deusch-Japanische Gesellschaft Baden-Württenberg
8 – 14 Osaka Premiere! Nanagei Cinema @ 18:45(Playing once a day)
9 – Phoenix, Arizona Japanese Culture Club of Arizona
15 – 21 Osaka Nanagei Cinema @ 20:35(Playing once a day)
22 – Washington D.C., Organized by JETAADC

If you would like the film to be screened in your hometown visit our website  for details or simply email us to info@hafufilm.com

Amma Asante’s Next Film: Mixed German Experience (?)

Amma Asante is the British director of the forthcoming film Belle (click HERE for Variety’s favorable review after the Toronto Film Festival screening). Belle explores the life of Dido Elizabeth Belle – the daughter of an African woman and a British Naval officer in the 18th Century, who is raised by British Aristocrats and faces challenges within her family and society for being mixed (the film is slated for its US release this summer). Asante is hoping her next project will be directing the film Where Hands Touch – a story of the romance between a mixed woman and a German SS officer in the 1940s. If you have the chance to see Belle, please head over to our Facebook page HERE and leave a comment letting us know what you think. We’ll be keeping tabs on Where Hands Touch and will let keep you posted on production information and release dates!




Scriptwriting: A Breakdown of What Works & Doesn’t in Hollywood

ffrom fastocreate.com

ffrom fastocreate.com

We’re guessing that issues of social justice are more important to you in your storytelling than what might sell in Hollywood, but we think it can’t hurt to know what topics are in the zeitgeist – as well as some things to avoid. This interactive graphic gives an overall view of many ‘problems’ a professional script reader found in recent script submissions. Take them with a grain of salt – and then get back to telling your story! Click HERE for the graphic and blog post.



Educational Distributor Looking for Films

GoodDocs.net is a a new distribution company that lends support to filmmakers in a number of ways:

1) They can help you sell your film in the educational market

2) They can help you develop a curriculum for your film to make it more attractive to schools

3) They arrange speaking engagements for the filmmakers whose films they represent

4) They can offer consultations on grantwriting

5) They can help with the research in pre-production all the way through distribution

We are eager to see your Mixed Roots Story on film – and GoodDocs.net might be the perfect partner to help you complete and distribute your film!

Here’s the link to the website: http://www.gooddocs.net/

Film Starring Garcelle Beauvais

Garcelle Beauvais has been in a number of TV shows and films, and she’s also the co-author of children’s book I Am Mixed (here’s the link to our post about the book: http://mixedrootsstories.com/i-am-mixed-reserve-your-copy-today/

Beauvais is in a new film by Ghanaian filmmaker Leila Djansi; here’s a blog post with pictures from the production: http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/exclusive-1st-look-pics-poster-for-leila-djansis-and-then-there-was-you-starring-garcelle-beauvais?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=pulsenews

Anomaly: A Documentary Film About Multiracial Identity

We screened this wonderful film at the Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival, and the film went on the screen at several other festival and garner awards. If you are interested in, or planning to, make a documentary film about the Mixed experience, we highly recommend you watch this one so you’re aware of what has already been done.

Here’s the link to the website where you can purchase the film: http://www.twn.org/catalog/pages/cpage.aspx?rec=1363&card=price

Tumblr Roll Call: Afro-Latin@ Documentary

This is a documentary series by Dash Harris (twitter handle: @InADash) on racial identity and the African Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean. Click here to learn more about the series: http://negrodocumentary.com/

Here are some quotes about the series from the tumblr blog:

“I was soooo inspired !!! Your project on educating the world about Afro-Latinos through your documentary Negro, is so amazing.” -Jisela Rodriguez

“Though the issue is very sad, it’s beautiful how so many conscious people are in this documentary speaking their stories. I’m a Black-American and I do have relatives from Mexico and I hardly know much about them because I felt we were too different to even get to know each other. This documentary has changed my mind,” 

“Viva los afrodescendientes! viva latinos! I love this. I have shared this as much as possible! Keep up the good work” 

“Loving this docu-series! I cannot wait to see what’s coming next. Very proud of how this project is portraying *us*! -Lidia Anain

“You have no idea how much your first piece has amazed me in every level. I related to every single second if it. I relate to this documentary so much I cannot even begin to write down all the things that are in my mind…it’s insane to see a series just about me. That is literally me. It has touched me beyond words….I can’t even wrap my head around it. Please keep up the good work. i support you.” -Jasmine Oufkir Cruz


Who Wants to Go To Sundance!?

A great opportunity for screenwriters without representation – as long as you HAVEN’T made more than $5,000 on a previous script. Get your Mixed Roots Stories  for the big screen ready, and apply for this chance to attend the Sundance Film Festival and receive a professional mentorship. DEADLINE: December 1, 2013

Here’s the link for more info: http://tinyurl.com/lavqfaj