The LA Premier!

April 23rd, 2013

On April 5, 2013 we had our World Premier in Los Angeles at the Japan American National Museum as part of the Hapa Japan Festival.

Read the feedback and checkout our photos!

“What a deeply meaningful and moving film you’ve produced, a gift to Hafus everywhere. Thank you!” – Mari L.

“Just got to see this tonight as part of Hapa Japan; what a wonderful film! I’ve been following your progress for a couple of years and this was so well worth the wait; compelling, informative, uplifting. A necessary addition to the growing compilation of stories of the ‘Mixed’ and the human experience. Congrats to all involved!” – Fanshen C.

The Japan American National Museum- the venue of our premier screening!

The Hafu Project Presentation at the Hapa Japan Conference

180 people attended!

The film is about to start! (Photo by Ed Sumoto)

Post-screening discussion and jokes

Our infographics animation playing at the Visibel&Invisbile exhibition taking place at the Japan American National Museum (Photo by Ken Tanabe)

The Last Stretch

November 6th, 2011

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

It’s a Wrap!

We are thrilled to announce that we have just returned from our final film shoot! We filmed with our fifth Hafu participant- Fusae- who is a Korean and Japanese mix. You can read more about her here.

The time has finally come to turn off our cameras and power up our hard drives and computers as we head into the post-production phase of our film. Our goal is to get this film done within the first half of next year so that we can start sending it off to film festivals and planning our screening tour.

In order for us to finish the film, we need to raise at least 1million yen (approximately US$10,000) by December 11th to cover the costs of editing, sound mixing, color correction, subtitling etc. We have launched a fundraising campaign through, the world’s largest fundraising platform.

We know that many of you have contributed to our project in the past. Thank you so much as we wouldn’t have gotten this far with out you. We humbly ask you to consider giving again, so we can take this film to its completion. This time, you’ll have the opportunity to get more involved with the various perks such as CD Albums and works of art from our favorite half-Japanese artists.

Please click on the image above to watch our video message. Thank you again for all your support!

After the quake

March 20th, 2011

Dear friends,

Over a week has passed since the devastating earthquake and tsunami struck the coasts of north-eastern Japan.

We offer our deepest condolences to those in the affected areas and hope that you and your loved ones in Japan are safe.

Everyone directly connected to the Hafu Project–the core team and the film participants–are doing well and slowly returning to our normal routines. We have stalled production for now but hope to get back to filming with our participants soon.

We also hope to do what we can within the power of this film to help with relief efforts. We will be brainstorming on this and get back to you shortly.

In the meantime, we ask that you contribute to two great organizations working on the ground: JEN and Peace Boat.

Here is also a wonderful video sent by fellow hafu Sean Ichiro Manes who is an elementary music teacher in NJ. Spring will come to Japan.


With love,

Hafu Film team

Happy New Year!

January 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

December 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"