Zero as you are

English Screening – ‘Zero as You Are’

Movies, Panel Discussion, Theater & Film

Sky (Takamasa) Kobayashi, now 24 years old, was the first student to be born female and enter junior high school as a boy. This, however, was but the beginning of his journey. In Zero as You Are, filmmaker Miyuki Tokoi follows Kobayashi for 9 years as he explores his identity. This journey leads him to meet the 92-year-old Miyuki Yashiro, who received sex reassignment surgery at 78, and Jun Nakajima, who is devoted to establish social recognition of non-binary gender identity. By detailing their experiences, Tokoi steers attention to the way Japanese society treats difference, often rejecting and ignoring it. She asks, Is there anywhere in the world where those who are different can live without fear of rejection?

The first screening of Zero as You Are with English subtitles will take place on August 1 at Uplink Shibuya, followed by a talk with Tokoi and documentary filmmaker Ian Thomas Ash. This second English screening is on August 4, followed by a bilingual talk with Tokoi and Kobayashi’s mother.

English screenings will also take place on August 8, 11 and 15.

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