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Film spotlighting feelings of foreign children living in Japan to be screened in Nagoya

A scene from the documentary film "Journey to be Continued" (Photo courtesy of Kani International Exchange Association)

GIFU -- A screening of the documentary film "Journey to be Continued" featuring boys and girls from Brazil and the Philippines living in Japan will be held in Nagoya on Nov. 3.

    The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Chubu Center in Nagoya's Nakamura Ward, where the screening will be held, said, "We want people to learn about the emotional shifts of children who come from overseas. We hope that the film will provide an opportunity to think about how we can interact with them and how we can live together."

    The theme of the film is multicultural coexistence, and it takes place in the city of Kani, Gifu Prefecture. The city has a thriving manufacturing industry and many foreign workers from the Philippines and Brazil. The Kani International Exchange Association produced the film in 2017 and has been screening it at universities and events to support foreigners.

    According to the association, some children tend to stay away from school or have strained family relationships due to language barriers or the inability to adapt to changes in their environment. In the film, director Shigeaki Iwai and others ask these boys and girls to paint pictures on a huge canvas, and we get a glimpse of their complicated feelings through their paintings.

    Mayumi Kakamu, secretary general of the association, plans to give a lecture after the screening on Nov. 3. She said, "I would like to create an opportunity to review children's right to learn and the state of the family, regardless of nationality."

    Before the screening, Mao Harada, a former JICA overseas cooperation volunteer who has taught Japanese to foreign children in Paraguay and Mie Prefecture, will give a lecture.

    The event is from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (the film lasts 1 hour and 7 minutes) at Nagoya Chikyu Hiroba in JICA Chubu Center. Participation is free and limited to 30 people. Those who wish to attend should apply by email (jicacbic-annainin2@jica.go.jp) or other means by 5 p.m. on Nov. 2. For inquiries, please contact Nagoya Chikyu Hiroba at: 052-533-0121.

    (Japanese original by Tomohiro Inoue, Gifu Bureau)

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