The free Japanese film festival is underway

THE Fifth Japanese Film Festival is currently underway at Ster-Kinekor in Windhoek.

Presented by the Japanese Embassy in Namibia and the Japan Foundation, the series takes place every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. and runs from October 12 to November 2.

“Due to Covid-19, the Japanese Film Festival has not been held for the past two years. However, the last four festivals, before Covid-19, have been a great success,” says Riturumikua Hei, assistant of the Politics, Culture and Information Section at the Japanese Embassy.

“We have seen great interest in Japanese cinema, especially the anime genre.”

The festival kicked off last week and will include screenings of intergenerational friendship drama “Show Me the Way to the Station,” stop-motion animation “Gon the Little Fox,” Hokkaido food film “ Restaurant from the Sky” and “Only the Chat

Knows’, a romantic comedy.

“This year, festival-goers will be able to enjoy touching films on family themes. Through the films, you can also learn more about Japanese culture, landscapes and means of communication,” says Hei.

“We want to continue cultural exchanges between Japan and Namibia and cinema is one of those things that improve understanding between cultures,” Hei said.

“We hope Namibians learn about Japanese culture through the movies, and after the experience, they can consider learning Japanese or visiting Japan in the future.”

Admission to the film festival is free and tickets are available at Ster-Kinekor, Maerua Mall, from 5:00 p.m. Screenings begin at 6:00 p.m.

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Marie A. Evans