Emmy award-winning independent filmmaker Leigh Devine introduces and discusses her recent documentary A Changing Heart. The film takes an intimate look at how attitudes toward love and marriage have changed in Japan since the 1950s, when most marriages were arranged by parents and matchmakers. Today, arranged (omiai) marriages are relatively rare, and Japanese have come to adopt love as a rationale for marriage. Women in particular are also increasingly choosing the independence of professional careers over married life. This evolution has unleashed some unexpected quandaries for women and men as they struggle with high expectations fueled by a love-obsessed popular culture and the realities of life as birthrates decline and the number of divorces grows.
Followed by a reception.
Tickets: $10, Japan Society members & seniors $8, students $5.
- February 12, 2003
- 6:30 pm