603. The Vancouver Asahi – February 29, 2016

This Japanese-Canadian baseball team was established in 1914 and rose to prominence in the 1920s and 1930s. Despite success and popularity, the Asahi faced discrimination and during WWII, internment due to their Japanese heritage. This drama by award-winning director Yuya Ishii (The Great Passage) is based on their true story.

 6:30pm-9pm. Free. Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue. The Vancouver Asahi won the People’s Choice Award at the 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival, and screened twice at the 2015 Toronto Japanese Film Festival.

Free admission but registration required at http://jftor.org/event/vancouver-asahi/.  Thanks to the Japan Foundation for telling us about this. Please let us know of other such interesting events available in multicultural Toronto.

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