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Japanese Film Festival Coming to Omaha

Japanese Film Festival Coming to Omaha

Five acclaimed films presented in collaboration by Creighton University and Film Streams

Omaha, Neb.—Omaha will soon become the region’s center for Japanese culture.
Beginning in February, Creighton University will partner with Omaha’s nonprofit cinema Film Streams to present the 2008 Japan Foundation Midwest Film Festival. The series will feature five contemporary Japanese films, each showing on a Monday evening from February 18 to March 17. All screenings will be at Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater, 1340 Webster St., and will be free and open to the public.

The festival is supported by the Japan Foundation New York, Creighton University, Film Streams, and the Omaha Sister Cities Association. The films featured in the 2008 Japan Foundation Midwest Film Festival explore a variety of themes: adolescent and young adult life, marriage and family life, ethnic relations between Japanese and ethnic Koreans born in Japan, and the status of women in contemporary Japan.

The five films featured in the festival are:

  • WATER BOYS (February 18)
  • HANGING GARDEN (March 3)
  • ALL UNDER THE MOON (March 10)
  • LINDA LINDA LINDA (March 17).

Each screening will be followed by a post-show discussion hosted by a Creighton University faculty member.

Prior to the screening of ALL UNDER THE MOON on March 10, Professor Norboru Tomonari, director of East Asian Studies at Carleton College, will speak at 4 p.m. on in room 104 of Creighton's  Skutt Student Center, about the representation of Koreans in Japanese cinema. Professor Tomonari, a specialist in Japanese film and literature, will also lead a discussion following the showing of the movie at Film Streams.


Tickets for all five screenings are free and available the day-of-the-show at Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater box office. More information available at

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