To complete the project, the filmmakers require 1 million yen or approximately 10,000 US dollars by December 11 to cover post-production costs. If you’d like to support this film, please visit www.indiegogo.com/hafu-film. Donors will receive presents in exchange for their support. For example, donors may be given a copy of the book, a DVD, etc.
Meet the Hafus
David (Ghana x Japan) David was born in Ghana and at age of 6 moved to Tokyo with his family. His parents divorced when he was 10. The next 8 years were spent in an orphanage with his two brothers. When David went back to Ghana for the ﬁrst time in his early 20s, he realized how blessed he was to have grown up in Japan. He is now determined to build a school back in Ghana and get in touch with this other side.
Edward (Venezuela x Japan) was raised entirely by his Japanese mom in Japan. Because he went through the international school system, he never felt he was truly part of Japanese society. In 2006 with boom of social network services, Ed began connecting with other Hafus and formed Mixed Roots Kansai, which is now one of the most established multi-cultural communities in Japan. He is now working towards creating a large academic discourse on multicultural Japan.
Fusae (Korea x Japan) was born and raised in Kobe, Japan, to a Korean Japanese father, a naturalized Japanese citizen, and a Japanese mother. She learnt of her Korean roots when she was 16 from her mother- a traumatic experience for her at the time. 18 years later she is still struggling to redefine her place in society as a Korean/Japanese descendant.
The Oi Family (Mexico x Japan). Gaby and Tetsu decided to send their son Alex (9) and daughter Sara (7) to Japanese elementary school. However, Alex began showing physical symptoms of stress due to the teasing he receives from his classmates for being a Hafu. His parents have made the tough decision of sending him to the expensive international school. Alex will begin at his new school in August while Sara will continue to at Japanese school. Through the Oi’s, this ﬁlm will explore the tough decisions parents have to make in raising multicultural children.
Sophia (Australia x Japan) Raised entirely in Sydney, at 27, Sophia decided it was now or never for her to explore her Japanese heritage and arrived to Tokyo leaving behind friends and family. Will Japan live up to expectations she’s held for so long? Will she be able to integrate? Ultimately how will she identify after some time here?
For more info: Visit www.indiegogo.com/hafu-film to find out more about the Hafu documentary.