Kumamoto Anthropology Film Society(KAFS) 2nd Film Screening Session

The Cultural Anthropology Laboratory of the Facutly of Letters along with the College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies at Kumamoto University will hold the second event of the Kumamoto Anthropology Film Society (KAFS),as follows:

TitleBethel: Community and Schizophrenia in Northern Japan (Japanese with English subtitles, 40min.)
Date & Time5:30PM to 7:30PM, Wednesday July 27
VenueClassroom 1A in the College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies

Professor Karen Nakamura (Berkeley University) is a well-known cultural/ visual-anthropologist in the study of disability. In our session, Nakamura’s work which shoots a community of the people with schizophrenia called ‘Bethel’ will be screened. Human disability is tended to be broadcasted one-sided by its striking clinical picture and suffering through the media. But in this film, we can see the other aspects such as the ordinary life of the people living in Bethel, their thought, smiles, humanities, and interaction with researcher Nakamura. Because it can stigmatize the subject and create new discriminations, documenting and publishing disability is an exceedingly sensitive and difficult theme. However, Nakamura’s work is an experiment how record disability in their ordinary life and open to the public and teaches us the ambiguity of the boundary between ‘healthy’ and ‘disability’. Besides her work, we will view a short clip of storytelling of a Hansen disease patient (DVD is borrowed from National Hansen Disease Museum) and discuss the issue how patients talk about themselves and show their own figure to the public. (Kamuro)

Date July 27