東京プレミア上映会の様子

10 10th, 2013








制作の最終段階

11 6th, 2011

Click to watch our video message. 私達からのビデオメッセージ

撮影終了!

先週、最後の撮影が終わりました。神戸市で5人目のハーフ、韓国と日本の房江さんを取材しました。彼女のプロファイルはこちらで読めます。

いよいよ、カメラをしまって、コンピュータを使う時が来ました。編集に頑張ります!映画を来年の前半に完成し、そこから映画祭に応募したり、上映ツーアを行いたいと考えています。その為、編集、マスターリングやサウンドミックス等の費用を払うのに、約100万円が必要です。Indiegogo.comという様々なアーティストのお金が必要なプロジェクトを紹介するグロバル・ファンディング・プラトフォームを使用し、寄付募集のキャンペーンを開始しました。http://www.indiegogo.com/hafu-film

皆様の中にもうすでに寄付してくださった方々もいらっしゃると思います。おかげさまでここまで制作ができました。最終段階を成功させる為に今一度寄付をお願いしたいです。

Indiegogoはいろいろな寄付レベルがあります。レベルにより、面白いプレゼントがあります。例えば、ハーフミュージシャンのCDアルバムとかハーフアーティストの作品がもらえるかもしれません。 5000円($50)のレベルでは私達のハーフフィルムのDVDをもらう事ができます。

上記のイメージをクリックして、私達の切実な声をお聞きください。そして、是非キャンペーンにご参加ください。よろしくお願い致します。

Loving Day 東京: 代々木公園でのピックニック

6 24th, 2011

Celebrating Loving Day with Hafu Project member and volunteers!

Advisor Marcia and Director Lara

Megumi and Lara with Noriko, Ronnie, John and Emi

David's friend Optimus Prime

去年はLovingDayを祝う為に、表参道で第一回目のプレビューイベントを開催しました。今年は去年より、小規模なピクニックを代々木公園で行うことにしました。ハーフプロジェックトに関わるメンバー、家族、友達、映画の参加者、ボランティアー25人ぐらい集まりました。

LovingDayは日本にあんまり関係ないですが、私たちが祝った理由は:

1)LovingDay =1967年6月12日、アメリカの最高裁判所は不法であった異人種間結婚を法律で認めることを決めました。アメリカ人でなくっても、ミックスである私たちハーフは、この用な不公平を乗り越えられたことを祝うべきではないでしょうか。

2)去年の第一回目のプレビューイベントかでハーフフィルムの制作を公開してから一年が経ちました。

3)ハーフフィルムの完成がようやく見えてきました。これから、本格的に映画の編集の作業を始めます。これまで、この映画製作は暇な夜または週末に作ってきましたが、6ヶ月以内に完成するために、フルタィム作業することにします。怖いですけど、わくわくしています。応援してください。

Photos by Mike Connolly.

震災の後

3 20th, 2011

皆様

東北大震災が起こって一週間が経ちました。被害を受けられた方々に心よりお見舞いを申し上げます。

ハーフフィルムの制作者と参加している方はみんな大丈夫ですが撮影は一旦中断しました。東北への支援活動にこの映画がどのように貢献できるかを今考えています。それまで、現地で活動している二つの団体を紹介します。もし良かったらピースボートJENに寄付をお願いします。

また、アメリカのニュージャージー州の小学校の音楽先生のSean Ichiro Mainesが送ってくださったビデオをご覧ください。小学生が日本の皆様の為に「春が来た」を歌っています。

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ハーフフィルムチーム より

ENIJE’!

2 17th, 2011

デイビットを取材し始めてからようやく1年が経ちました。デイビットがガーナで学校を建てるために、お金を集めている活動を主に取材しました。ガーナの子供達を支援するためにデイビットは音楽の才能とエンターテインメント業界のネットワーク、そして一生懸命に努力でENIJEていうチャリティーイベントをオーガナイズしています。彼が日本とガーナーにルーツを持っているからこそ、ここまでできているのです。

下に載っている写真は最近、私達が撮影したENIJEイベントです。写真家:Mike Connolly

David welcoming people to ENIJE

Lara and Megumi ready with the camera

Lara getting a close up of Genez's performance

ENIJE was not without its traditional Ghanaian music

David hanging out with the ENIJE supporters

 

明けましておめでとうございます!

1 2nd, 2011

Happy New Year!! 明けましておめでとうございます☆

We can hardly believe that a full year has passed since we began filming! A lot of exciting things have happened for us in 2010.  In review,  we first began filming with David and the Oi family. In the summer, we then started filming with our two additional participants Ed and the newbie hafu. We had a number of successful fundraisers in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Kyoto and as result we’ve been able to cover much of our initial production expenses. Thank you!!

We were written up in three publications- Japan Times, Metropolis magazine and CNNgo and as the word-spread about our project,  we’ve received tremendous support from people volunteering their time and skills with the film. As a result we released our teaser which is spreading throughout the interwebs. We are now nearing completion on filming David and the Oi Family this month and will continue with our other three stories through the summer. All of this wouldn’t have been possible with you!

Now that it’s 2011, we are excited to move towards the completion of the film. We are still looking for our final participant who is of Asian-mix, so if you are interested or know of anyone please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.   We also have a lot of goodies in-store for you in 2011 so if you haven’t already, don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter to receive our latest information or follow us on twitter and facebook. Thank you again for you support thus far! 今年もよろしくお願い致します!

Lots of love,

Hafu Film Team

Filming Mixed Roots Kansai

12 21st, 2010

One of the five Hafus we are filming is Ed. Ed is amazing. He brings so much to this film that we can’t wait to share his story with you. One thing that Ed does that we admire and are avidly filming is the community he started called Mixed Roots Kansai. Like us, Ed too believes that Japan is changing and he has created this community to reach out to not only hafus but to other people in Japan who are from diverse backgrounds. This includes many people who are from other countries and have either moved to Japan early in their life or were born and raised here and identify Japan as their true home. There was a great article published about his work on CNNgo just a few days after ours entitled “Will there ever be a rainbow Japan?”

At the end of November, we went and filmed Ed at a day long event he put on with his community. Lara, Marcia and I boarded an overnight bus from Tokyo along with David Yano, his brother’s band Genez, and a MC Beto and headed to Kobe-where Ed is based. The event was a afternoon workshop held at the Kobe Center for Overseas Migration and Cultural Interaction-where Japanese citizens were trained before they were shipped off to work in Brazil and Peru. We won’t lie we were a bit exhausted from the lack of sleep but as soon as the day kicked off, we were in production mode. Here’s a photo recap of the day. Photos courtesy of Ryu Kodama.

And were off to Kobe! Overnight bus departing from Tokyo

Megumi and Lara "sleeping" 😉

Team Hafu ready for action. Props to Sara our trusty right-hand woman!

Ed (gray turtleneck) breaking the ice with the participants. David included.

Every got down and dirty writing songs together.

Song presentation time!

David performing a ballad number

MC Beto and his sisters perform!

Lara filming Genez

Marcia presenting the Hafu Project.

The workshop concluded with a discussion/symposium on the growing diversity in Japan.

Ed sharing his personal views on the term "mixed roots"

Update on the Hafu Project Night

6 16th, 2010

Thank you to those who came out on June 12th to Las Chicas. We had an amazing turn out with over 125 people!

The evening began with a performance from comedic Hafu duo LOVEDRIVE. Jiro, who is half Scottish and Japanese, and Daigo, who is half Russian and Japanese, warmed audiences up with jokes about how they are often mistaken and treated as foreigners. I’m sure many in audience could relate to their experiences.

Marcia, Lara and I then gave a short presentation on the Hafu Book project and introduction to the film.  The room was packed by this time, and I was starting to worry if people in the back would be able to view the film over the crowd and the noise. But for the actual 13 minute preview of the film, people sat down and turned their attention to the begin screen as we turned the lights down low and started the film.

Finally, after a quick break, Nazhiha tantalized us with her sensual belly dancing.

Here ‘s a photo recap of the night:

Setting up the venue

People begin arriving

People begin arriving

Jiro and Daigo from LOVEDRIVE

Jiro and Daigo from LOVEDRIVE

Our presentation begins, Marcia first

Watching LOVEDRIVE perform

Watching LOVEDRIVE perform

LOVEDRIVE cracking Hafu jokes

Lara explaning the Oi Family's story

Nazhiha's sensually belly dance

David updates us on his ENIJE progress

Megumi, Lara, and Marcia

Overally, I think we are all incredibly pleased with how the night turned out. We wouldn’t be able to do this work with those who came and the funds raised will help us cover the expenses as we go forward in production. Thank you again to those you came.

Hopefully once we’ve shot more footage we’d like to do a sneak preview with the other participants in the film.

Film Kick Off Party

5 18th, 2010

Last weekend, Lara, Marcia and myself had a small gathering in my tiny Tokyo apartment for the film kick off party.  We crammed 30 people in, served them some wine and pasta and then gave a 10 min presentation on how we got started on the film, introduced the characters that we will be following, and then showed them a seven minute edit of our first character, Davd Yano’s story.

Here are pics from the party taken by Mike Connolly

Marcia opens with an explanation of the Hafu Japanese photo/research project

What a great turn out!

David enjoys seeing himself on the big screen

as Megumi explains his story

Lara shares with the guest the Oi's struggles and joys of raising hafu children

Our first interview with David

3 25th, 2010

矢野デイビット David Yano is our first participant in the film.

His bio:

David is a Ghanian and Japanese hafu. David was born in a small village in Ghana, to a Ghanaian mother and a Japanese father. His father, an architect, was in Ghana to build the Noguchi Hideo Memorial when he met David’s mother. After spending 6 years in Ghana, they moved to Tokyo. However due to difficulty of adjusting to their new life in Japan, his parents filed for divorce when he was 10. The next 8 years were spent in an orphanage school in Japan with his two brothers. There he discovered his greatest passion: music and performance. He started modeling when he was a university student and now works as a multi-talented TV presenter. Due to his dark complexion, David is regarded by default as a gaijin (foreigner) when people meet him for the first time. However, having spent much of his life in Japan, he feels he acts and identifies as Japanese more than anything else. Despite this claim David, has returned to Ghana once a year since the age of 20.  Seeing the dramatic difference between the two countries, David felt the call to use his talents to benefit the people of Ghana. He has set an ambitious goal of raising $30,000 over the course of 8 months in order to build kindergarten back in Ghana.

On February 21st, we filmed David as he visited his childhood playground- Koganei Koen. For David, this park and neighbor contains many of his childhood memories. The orphanage where he grew up in is not too far away. The middle school he attended is around the corner. On the way to the park he pointed at the restaurant his father would often take him to on the weekends. We the conducted our first interview with him in that park, asking many basic questions about his background, his identity and the work that he is doing with his npo ENJIE (welcome in Ghanian).

In fact this weekend on March 27th, David will be holding a fundraising event at AI TOKYO in Roppongi. Doors open at 5pm and the event starts at 6pm.

ENIJE‘(エニジェ)
3月27日(土)

六本木
:..TOKYO http://www.ai-tokyo.jp/
ENTRANCE:2,000/1D

17:00OPEN
18:00
START21:30終了

David wrote the following on on his blog http://ameblo.jp/devid/

「そしてショータイムはお笑いライヴ、ミュージシャンによるかなりハイレベルなパフォーマンスがあります。

そしておなじみのガーナチョコ、アクセサリー、間に合えば新たにガーナの民族衣装も販売したいです。

今会場とガーナ料理を出せるか交渉中です。’」

“The event will have comedic and musical acts. Ghana chocolates, accessories and traditional clothe will be on sale. And you will have the opportunity to try Ghanian food.”

He signs off his blog with the following:

「年内に必ず学校を作りたいんです。
そのためにはみんなの力が必要です。
この日だけでもひとつよろしくお願いします。」

“ I would really like build a school within this year. In order to that, I need everyone’s help, even if all you can do is participate in this event.”

Please feel free to stop by, say hello to us the filmmakers and meet David and contribute to his great cause. よろしくね!