. . . on Wed., Feb. 6 at 6:45 pm for the omnibus feature 21st Century Girl, created by 15 of Japan’s emerging female directors. These self described “defiant films dedicated to girls in the 21st century” approach the subject of sexuality and gender through a dizzying range of styles, visions, themes and genres. The eight minute shorts are beautifully shot, with top notch production and costume design, and star some of Japan’s most popular actresses, including Kaho Minami, Ai Hashimoto, Shizuka Ishibashi, Kiki Sugino, Sairi Itoh and Serena Motola. Five of the directors, Aya Igashi, Ayaka Kato, Risa Takeuchi, Yuka Yasukawa and the producer director behind the project, Uki Yamato, will join us for the Q&A session after the screening. (Japan, 2018; 117 minutes; in Japanese with English subtitles.)

– Karen Severns