38th Japanese Film Festival

From December 10th to 12th, the Embassy of Japan and the Canadian Film Institute, in collaboration with The Japan Foundation, presented the 38th Japanese Film Festival. The event was held online for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ambassador Kawamura Yasuhisa delivered his opening remarks through a video message shown before the films.
People from different places in Canada had the chance to view the films A Long Goodbye (Nakano Ryota, 2019) and Koshien: Japan’s Field of Dreams (Yamazaki Ema, 2019) as well as special additional content. Koshien: Japan’s Field of Dreams was accompanied by a Q&A session with the film’s director Yamazaki Ema, and A Long Goodbye was followed by a discussion about dementia in Japan with Mr. Dembo Kiyoshi from the Momiji Health Care Society in Toronto. Both talks were led by Mr. Tom McSorley, Executive Director at the Canadian Film Institute.

The Japanese Film Festival started in 1985. Every year, the festival gives the chance to people in the Ottawa-Gatineau region to view a variety of Japanese films. It is one of the most popular annual events for the Embassy of Japan, and it is one of the longest-running events organised by the Canadian Film Institute. 
Ambassador Kawamura Yasuhisa gives his opening remarks

Mr. Tom McSorley, Executive Director of the Canada Film Institute,
leading the discussion in the special content
Ms. Yamazaki Ema, Director of “Koshien”, during the Q&A interview