Saturday, January 17, 2009

Zainichi Film Series: Haruko

Proudly, as part of the Final Fridays Films, and the 2009 Bay Area Zainichi Film Series, EastSide Arts Alliance & Eclipse Rising present...

Friday, January 30 at 7pm
at the EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd. at 23rd Ave., Oakland
A free event

a documentary film directed by Kazuyuki Nozawa, 2004

HARUKO is a spunky and high spirited 87-year old Zainichi Korean (Korean living in Japan) from Tokyo. This documentary, filmed by her son who worked for the pro-North Korea association of Zainichi called So-ren (chongryon in hangul) as a cameraman, includes footage collected as far back as 40 years ago. The film depicts the hardships and sacrifices a single mother endured in order to raise her eight children in Japan, a society with a long history of hostility toward Koreans in Japan, despite the end of Japanese colonial rule over Korea in 1945

Eclipse Rising is a US-based Zainichi Korean group founded in the winter of 2008, by seven Zainichi Korean women who came together in the Bay Area to recognize and celebrate the rich and unique history of Koreans in Japan, promote Zainichi community development, peace and reunification, and work for social justice for all minorities in Japan. This screening kicks off a quarterly Zainichi Film Festival produced by Eclipse Rising and screened at the EastSide Cultural Center.

Final Fridays Films of Resistance and Solidarity, a free monthly community event produced by EastSide Arts Alliance (ESAA), screens on the last Friday of every month and is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. ESAA is dedicated to nurturing and supporting the work of the Lower San Antonio District's African American, Latino/ Chicano, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Indigenous artists and cultural workers, many of whom have not found a home within Oakland's mainstream arts community.

Final Fridays Films

• free community event •

wheelchair accessible

From BART, get off on Fruitvale BART and walk several blocks west on International Boulevard or walk 1 block north to International Boulevard and take 1R bus west to East Side Arts Alliance. For travel planner link,

Eastside Arts Alliance website:

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