New York Japan CineFest @ Fort Lee Public Library

Presented by Fort Lee Public Library and Mar Creation, Inc

Date: Sunday, February 28, 2016
Time: 2:00PM – 4:30PM
Venue: Fort Lee Public Library
Address: 320 Main Street, Fort Lee NJ 07024 (map)

– Oh Lucy!
USA | 2014 | 21 min | Directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi
Setsuko, a 55-year-old single ‘office lady’ in Tokyo, is given a blonde wig and a new identity, “Lucy,” by her young unconventional English instructor. “Lucy” awakens desires Setsuko never knew she had. When the instructor suddenly disappears, Setsuko must come to terms with what remains – herself.

USA | 2014 | 15 min | Directed by Robin Takao D’Oench
George, Akiko, Kaori, and Kazuo return to their former house in the summer of 1945, following the end of World War II and the closure of the Japanese American Internment camps. Arriving home, they find the house ransacked by vandals and in a state of disrepair. Emotions flair and each individual member of the family react differently to the homecoming. While rebuilding their home, the family is able to recover a “takarabako” – a chest of memorable items that had to be left behind before the evacuation, bringing the family closer together. As the day draws to a close, there is a glimmer of hope that the future holds better days.

– Tsuyako
USA | 2011 | 25 min | Directed by Mitsuyo Miyazaki
During post-war Japan, Tsuyako lives a demanding life as a mill factory worker, obedient wife, and loving mother. When an old female lover, Yoshie, pays a surprise visit, Tsuyako finds herself entranced by the dream of a different life.

– Reflection
USA | 2014 | 23 min | Directed by Hazuki Aikawa
Tara, a young single mother, struggles to understand and come to terms with her son’s gender identity. Reflection tells the story of a mother and her enduring influence on her child’s life. It provides an honest look at what it means to be a parent to a LGBTQ+ youth.