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Documenting A Japanese Town’s Experiments with Sustainable Agriculture: A Screening of the Film “A Dialogue: Living Harmony” with Director Chigumi Obayashi.
“A Dialogue: Living Harmony” documents the efforts of the city of Usuki, in Kyushu, Japan, to completely transform its agricultural sector towards sustainable agriculture. The film’s Japanese title (Hyaku-nen gohan) could be more literally translated as “Rice for 100 Years.” Through the town’s story and its unconventional narrative structure, the film poses universal questions about the future of food and the environment. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with the director, as well as a catered reception. The event is open to the public and community members are welcome.
A trailer for the film can be viewed at http://100nengohan.com/yokoku_eng/yokoku.html
About the film and the director:
“A Dialogue: Living Harmony” (65 minutes, 2014) is the directorial debut of Chigumi Obayashi, the daughter of director Nobuhiko Obayashi and co-writer of his cult classic “House” (1977). Obayashi has a chef’s diploma from the Japanese branch of the Academie Culinaire de France, and has promoted her own approach to cooking and food through a popular blog, a cook book, and TV appearances. “A Dialogue: Living Harmony” has been screened at the Japan Society in New York, as part of the Torino Slow Food Film Showcase, and in community screenings throughout Japan.
Director Obayashi will give a free cooking demonstration, “Japanese Organic Food Culture and Reusing Leftovers,” at the Reading Terminal Market, City Kitchen, onSaturday, Nov. 19, from 11:30 to 12:30 pm.
Co-sponsored by the Japanese and German sections of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Asian Studies, Environmental Studies, The Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, and the Henry Luce Foundation’s Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment, and the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival.
ⓒ2013-2016 “A Dialogue: Living Harmony” Production Committee, TM Entertainment