This film screening will be followed by Q&A with the filmmaker, Aaron Woolfolk.
The Harimaya Bridge is a drama about an American man who must travel to rural Japan to claim some important items belonging to his late son, from whom he was estranged. While there, he learns several secrets his son left behind.
The story takes place in Kochi Prefecture, a deeply rural part of Japan where traditional customs remain strong. The movie addresses the bond and conflict between father and son, as well as the prejudices that often exist between people of different backgrounds.
Veteran actor of film and stage Ben Guillory stars along with award-winning Japanese actresses Saki Takaoka and Misa Shimizu. Popular international stars Misono, Hajime Yamasaki, Miho Shiraishi, and veteran American actor Peter Coyote are also featured along with newcomers Victor Grant and Honoka. Rounding out the cast is acclaimed actor Danny Glover, best known for his leading roles in the Lethal Weapon and SAW franchises. Glover also serves as an executive producer on the film.
The Harimaya Bridge was written and directed by Aaron Woolfolk, a veteran of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program who taught junior high school English in Kochi Prefecture. Woolfolk won a Directors Guild of America Best African-American Student Filmmaker award for his first movie, the short film Rage! He then returned to Kochi and made the short films Eki (The Station) and Kuroi Hitsuji (Black Sheep), both of which won several awards and screened at top film festivals and showcases around the world. The Harimaya Bridge is Woolfolk's first feature film.
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Presented by the California African American Museum and the Center for Japanese Religions and Culture's "Critical Mixed-Race Studies: A Transpacific Approach" Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminars Series at the University of Southern California.