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Atomic Mom
A film by M.T. Silvia, 2011, 80 min., Color/BW

When M.T. Silvia was little, she thought it was fascinating that her mom Pauline did secret government work. But as she began to understand the ramifi...

Dish
A film by Maya Gallus, 2010, 58 min., Color

Why do women bring your food at local diners, while in high-end establishments waiters are almost always men? DISH, by Maya Gallus, whose acclaimed

The Displaced View
A film by Midi Onodera, 1988, 52 min., Color

THE DISPLACED VIEW is a film that movingly depicts the odyssey of an American-born Japanese granddaughter in search of her identity through her grandm...

Dream Girls
A film by Kim Longinotto and Jano Williams, 1993, 50 min., Color

This fascinating documentary, produced for the BBC, opens a door into the spectacular world of the Takarazuka Revue, a highly successful musical theat...

Eat the Kimono
A film by Claire Hunt and Kim Longinotto, 1989, 60 min., Color

EAT THE KIMONO is a brilliant documentary about Hanayagi Genshu, a Japanese feminist and avant-garde dancer and performer, who has spent her life defy...

The Fourth Dimension
A film by Trinh T. Minh-ha
Produced by Jean-Paul Bourdier and Trinh T. Minh-ha
, 2001, 87 min., Color

Acclaimed filmmaker Trinh T. Minh-ha ventures into the digital realm with her stunning new feature, THE FOURTH DIMENSION, an incisive and insightful e...

Gaea Girls
A film by Kim Longinotto and Jano Williams, 2000, 106 min., Color

"This fascinating film follows the physically grueling and mentally exhausting training regimen of several young wanna-be GAEA GIRLS, a group of Japan...

The Good Wife of Tokyo
A film by Claire Hunt and Kim Longinotto, 1992, 52 min., Color

“Forget those demure ladies with fragrant fans and meet the new breed of Japanese women!” — Amanda Casson, London Film Festival. Kazuko Hohki goes ba...

Halving the Bones
A film by Ruth Ozeki, 1995, 70 min., Color/BW

Skeletons in the closet? HALVING THE BONES delivers a surprising twist to this tale. This cleverly-constructed film tells the story of Ruth, a half-...

Juxta
A film by Hiroko Yamazaki, 1989, 29 min., BW

This beautiful drama observes the psychological effects of racism on two children of Japanese women and American servicemen. Thirty-one year old Kate,...

Poetry of Resilience
A film by Katja Esson, 2011, 40 min., Color

Academy® Award nominated director Katja Esson’s (FERRY TALES, LATCHING ON) exquisitely made film explores survival, strength and the power of the huma...

Ripples of Change
A film by Nanako Kurihara, 1993, 57 min., Color

Powerful political analysis is combined with a passionate personal story in this exceptional documentary about the Japanese women’s liberation movemen...

Shinjuku Boys
A film by Kim Longinotto and Jano Williams, 1995, 53 min., Color

From the makers of DREAM GIRLS, SHINJUKU BOYS introduces three onnabes who work as hosts at the New Marilyn Club in Tokyo. Onnabes are women who live...

Surviving the Tsunami - My Atomic Aunt
A film by Kyoko Miyake, 2013, 52 min., Color

Film director Kyoko Miyake remembered Namie, a fishing village ravaged by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, as her childhood paradise. Revisitin...

Under Snow
A film by Ulrike Ottinger, 2011, 103 min., Color

In the Echigo region of northwestern Japan, where heavy snow blankets entire landscapes and villages for more than half the year, a distinctive way of...

Water Children
A film by Aliona van der Horst, 2011, 75 min., Color

In this acclaimed, hauntingly beautiful film, director Aliona van der Horst follows the unconventional Japanese-Dutch pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama as she ...

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