Screening “The Harimaya Bridge” with director Aaron Woolfolk in person, Feb 12, 2:00PM

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The San Fernando Valley Chapter of the Japanese American Citizen’s League is hosting a special screening of the acclaimed film The Harimaya Bridge on Saturday, February 12, at 2:00 p.m. at the San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center, 12953 Branford Street, Pacoima, CA 91331.

The film’s writer/director Aaron Woolfolk will be there to answer questions after the movie.

A $10 donation is requested. Tickets can be ordered prior to the event or bought at the door.

For tickets, make checks payable to SFVJACL and send to Nancy Gohata at 14229 Carl Street, Arleta, CA 91331.

For reservation, call Nancy Gohata at (818) 899-4237. Bento may be purchased for $10. Bento must be ordered by February 1.

The Harimaya Bridge was inspired by Aaron Woolfolk’s experiences living and working in rural Japan. The movie tells the story of an American man who, after the sudden death of his estranged son in the Japanese countryside, must go there to claim some important family items. While there, he discovers some secrets his son left behind.

The movie stars Ben Guillory, Saki Takaoka, Misa Shimizu, and Danny Glover.

The film had a nationwide release in movie theaters in Japan in 2009, and an independent release in the U.S. in 2010. The San Francisco Examiner called The Harimaya Bridge “one of the best films of the year”, while The Los Angeles Times called it “powerful” and “a unique, complex, consciousness-raising accomplishment.”

Audiences and critics in both Japan and the U.S. have heralded the film for its compelling story and message, its cinematic value (including its beautiful photography), and its honest portrayal of Japan and its people free of the stereotypes often found in western movies.

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