Although their talent has often been overlooked, women have been an integral part of the Japanese film industry since the 1920s. The past decade has seen a marked change as women have flooded the film festival circuit and won countless awards both in Japan and internationally. Independent and studio film makers alike have developed a reputation for ambitious films, marked by diversity and creativity in storytelling and technique. As women's role in cinema has increased, both on screen and behind the scenes, it has inspired young audiences around the world and promoted fundamental changes in the Japanese film industry.
The JICC's "Women in Cinema" film series is an ongoing series featuring female Japanese writers, directors, producers and actors. The series seeks to highlight the contributions women are making to the Japanese film industry, as well as celebrate their role in Japanese cinema history.
Films will be added on an ongoing basis, so please check back often for updates. All films will be free and open to the public, but registration is required.