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Movie exploring identities of deaf, LGBTQ community to be shown at west Japan university

The leading actors of the film "Until Rainbow Dawn," Eri Nagai, right, and Haruka Kobayashi, are shown in this image. (c) 2018JSLTime

MATSUYAMA -- A showing of a sign-language film that portrays same-sex romance between young hearing-impaired people will be held at a west Japan university, aiming to spark discussions on sexual diversity and the LGBTQ community.

    The 2018 film "Until Rainbow Dawn," whose dialogue is entirely in sign language and has Japanese subtitles, will be screened on Aug. 24 at the Nanka Memorial Hall on Ehime University's Johoku campus in the city of Matsuyama. The movie's director, Mika Imai, has hearing loss, as do most of the actors. The film's detailed story about a deaf, lesbian couple living in the countryside depicts young people who struggle with their multilayered identities. The university event will also feature talks by Hiroyuki Watanabe, a member of the Matsuyama Municipal Assembly who has come out as transgender, Matsuyama University professor Ryoko Ishikawa, and Ehime University professor Shizuka Suzuki. They will discuss the movie, systems that are necessary for rural cities, and other topics, and answer questions from participants.

    Motoki Watanabe, 20, a third-year student at Ehime University who planned the event, commented, "I'd like not only people who are interested in social issues, but also those who just want to watch a romance movie to join." The event will be held between 2 and 5 p.m., with sign language and speech-to-text translations available. Admission is free. Seats should be reserved by Aug. 22 by sending an email with the participant's name, address and phone number to People may join without a reservation if there are under 100 participants on the day of the event.

    (Japanese original by Hiroyuki Yamanaka, Matsuyama Bureau)

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