Script File

The Future Behind Me

A forensic science professor discovers that her daughter is brutally stabbed by one of her students. She gradually pieces together what happened and finds the strength and grace to forgive.

  • Hazuki Aikawa
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Thriller, Drama, Romance, tragedy, comedy
  • Number of Pages:
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
  • First-time Screenwriter:
  • Student Project:
Writer Biography - Hazuki Aikawa

Hazuki Aikawa is a film director/writer based in New York. Her work includes narrative films, documentaries, and research collaborations with networks such as NHK and ARTE France. Born and raised in Japan and having graduated from the University of Tokyo with a degree in biology, Hazuki eventually found filmmaking via science journalism. She was as a medical editor for 10 years, acting as liaison between publishers and scientists.
Hazuki's films Upgrade (2013) and Reflection (2014) have had successful festival runs. A Happy New Year (2018) was recently screened at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Brooklyn and is currently going through festivals. In an interview with MUSICBED, Hazuki was described as someone who makes "films that might make you uncomfortable. They tackle subjects that confront norms and may make you squirm in your seat." Hazuki is also a mother and cancer survivor. Love, death, and faith are recurring motifs in her films

Add Writer Biography
Writer Statement

The Future Behind Me is a thriller drama about a mother who finds a way to forgive her daughter’s killer. I keep writing it because I strongly believe that forgiveness is something that people, including myself, are wanting feel, yet is very infrequently portrayed in media.
The story is gritty and unconventional and not for the faint of heart. But the underlying message is pure and simple. It was originally inspired by my own experience as a teenager, and later as a science major in university and graduate school. With my newfound life of parenthood, the script evolved into a story of mother who found the grace to align herself with her daughter’s killer.
I am a long-time member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective. I am a Japanese immigrant, a former medical editor, a mother, a cancer survivor, and have a passion for telling stories about strong women.