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"Born With It" (2014, 17 minutes)
"Born With It" follows the story of a 9-year-old Ghanaian-Japanese boy, Keisuke. Keisuke begins at a new school in rural Japan and contends with discovering his own identity as well as earning the acceptance of his classmates. The film highlights the experience of mixed race individuals and their families in Japan.
Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour Jr.
Emmanuel was born and raised in Houston, Texas to a Ghanaian immigrant family. After visiting Japan for the first time in 2007, he fell in love with the cinematic sensibilities of contemporary Japanese cinema. For the past 6 years, he has lived and worked in Japan as a director and producer for TV and film. His work in Japan has premiered in international festivals such as Cannes, Toronto, and Palm Springs, and his most recent film, "Born With It," won the awards for Best Film and Greatest Social Impact Award at the NBCUniversal Short Film Festival. He has now relocated to Los Angeles and is currently working on his first feature to take place in both the US and Japan.
Emmanuel completed his BA at Stanford University and his MFA at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts Asia in Singapore.
NBCUniversal Press Release on NBC Shorts Fest:
HuffPost: On "Born With It" and Diversity in Hollywood
Japan Times: "Black Filmmakers Find Their Edge in Japan"
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This event is co-sponsored by USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Cultures.