Director: Megumi Nishikura and Lara Perez Takagi
Country: Japan/Ghana/Mexico, 2013, 90 mins
Synopsis: “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 “hafts”–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 a mono-ethnic nation. For some of these “hafts”, 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. This is a film which offers an alternative insight into mixed-race relationships, relationships which come with their own nuances in each of the countries they reside.