Japanese, not Gaijin

This film is about a girl, named Lisa, who is half Dutch and Japanese. She feels discriminated at the Japanese school she goes to because of her ethnicity. She feels that nobody will ever accept the way she is. But one day, when a guy from class stands up to her, she is left in shock. Although she still continues to face bullying every day, with the help of the boy she begins to gather the courage to face her enemies. It was then she finally is able to understand their perspective for the first time.

  • Marina Ten Have
  • Sakura Sato
  • Lisa Siera
    Key Cast
    "Lisa Siera"
  • Taisei Tsugumori
    Key Cast
  • Karin
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 43 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 31, 2020
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - American School In Japan
  • Digicon6 Asia TBS: JAPAN Youth Division
    October 24, 2020
    Judge's Special Award: 3rd Place
Director Biography - Marina Ten Have, Sakura Sato

Hi, I'm Marina Ten Have, and I'm 16.

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Director Statement

I've been passionate about filmmaking since the 6th grade when I started creating book trailers for my school's library. Ever since I picked up a camera, I've been captivated with the energy and power of filmmaking. I've so far created a variety of films which touch on topics that are important to me, from LGBTQ, mental illness, and how culture shapes your identity.