ONE BIG HAPA FAMILY
Thursday, March 3rd, 18:30, Cinémathèque Québécoise
Jeff CHIBA STEARNS, Canada, 2010, 48min, English
followed by special event with director and guests
After a realization at a family reunion, half Japanese-Canadian filmmaker, Jeff Chiba Stearns, embarks on a journey of self-discovery to find out why everyone in his Japanese-Canadian family married interracially after his grandparents' generation.
This feature live action and animated documentary explores why almost 100% of all Japanese-Canadians are marrying interracially, the highest out of any other ethnicity in Canada, and how their mixed children perceive their unique multiracial identities.
The stories from four generations of a Japanese-Canadian family come to life through the use of innovative animation techniques created by some of Canada's hottest independent animators. One Big Hapa Family challenges our perceptions of purity and makes us question if mixing is the end of multiculturalism.
Chiba Stearns was born in Kelowna, British Columbia, of Japanese and European heritage. After graduating from the Emily Carr Institute with a Bachelor of Media Arts majoring in Film Animation, he went on to obtain a Bachelor of Education from University of British Columbia. On May 1, 2010, he received the annual Emily Award during the Convocation of Grad 2010 at the Chann Centre (UBC).