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Global exchange program through film with Oberlin College (May 14)

Director Mika Johnson (left),
and producer Jeffery Pence.

J. F. Oberlin University and Oberlin College in Ohio, USA, will be screening films as part of a global partnership exchange program between the two.

From Oberlin College, director Mika Johnson and producer Jeffery Pence will show seven of their innovative short documentary films collectively entitled “The Amerikans.” From J. F. Oberlin University, the College of Performing and Visual Arts’ Film Studies Program will present a student-made film. After the screening, a discussion will be held with the two guests from Oberlin College.

“The Amerikans” reveals the extraordinary inner lives of ordinary people. This series of films has received a good deal of attention in the US and internationally and is of interest to students of film and media as well as anthropology and American culture.

Mika Johnson is an American-born writer and filmmaker who has directed over twenty-five short fiction and documentary films. He graduated from Oberlin College in 2000, where he studied cinema and world religions. He then pursued these interests full-time while living and working in Tokyo, Berlin, Prague, and New York City. He is presently a Guest Lecturer and Affiliate Scholar at Oberlin College and the Creative Director at Art + Practice, an independent media production company. His filmography can be found at

Jeffrey Pence is Associate Professor of Cinema Studies at Oberlin College, a program he co-founded. His writings on contemporary film and media have appeared in numerous venues internationally. His previous film work includes producing the award-winning feature “Kitchen Hamlet.” He is the co-founder and Managing Producer of Art + Practice.

Date and timeTuesday, May 14, 13:00-14:30
VenueM101 Screening Room,
1st floor of Itoku-kan on Machida Campus
LanguageOne film in Japanese and the others in English
Discussion will be conducted in English with Japanese interpretation.
ReservationsNot necessary

For more information, please contact the International Center at 042-797-9764 or