Open the Door! Kansai Queer Film Festival 2011

The annual Kansai Queer Film Festival for 2011 is going to be held on September 17-19 at Hephall in Osaka and on October 21-23 at the University of Kyoto’s Nishibe Hall in Kyoto. This is the largest film festival in the Kansai region of western Japan, and aims to be a site for encountering the multiplicity of sexuality and love worldwide. The Kansai Film Festival is renowned for its diversity, and this year again the featured films encompass gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, and intersex themes.

In this its sixth year, the festival embraces the slogan, “Open the Door.” The schedule includes a total of twenty-nine films and twenty-five programs—some of which are free of charge—from Japan, Korea, Germany, France, Norway, Argentina, Spain, India, Canada, the US and the UK. Sixteen of the works are to be screened for the first time in Japan, and many more can only be viewed at this festival.

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Translated and Adapted from the WAN website by Aya Kitamura


ART: The Donation of Vegetable for the Pregnant Woman in Fukushima

エルフの木Mikako Tomotari, a sculptor in Kyushu, began a project, "The Donation of Vegetables for Pregnant Women in Fukushima." This sustainable project for disaster relief is designed to deliver fresh vegetables to pregnant women in the areas affected by the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plants. It is a system in which people purchase "donation cards" to donate money for purchasing and delivering fresh vegetables from Kyushu, which pregnant women in Fukushima can eat without worrying about the possible effects of radiation from the areas close to the power plants.  

Through her work, Tomotari (an assistant professor in the Department of Design at Kyushu University) has been working on themes of the environment, disability, the body, community, and violence of the nation.

Website for Donation of Vegetables for Pregnant Women in Fukushima (Japanese)

Mikako Tomotari's website (Japanese) 

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