Music is Magic or Godddamn You, Half-Japanese Girls
Video with performance and live score by Ohbijou, 14 minutes, 2016

A film about Sisterhood, music and teenage lust using family archival footage.

Part of Rites of Passage, commissioned by the Reel Asian Film Festival. Including work by Alison S. M. Kobayashi, Casey Mecija, Shasha Nakhai, Leslie Supnet and May Truong.

Working from personal home videos, filmmakers Kobayashi, Mecija, Nakhai, Supnet and Truong use experimental editing techniques, animation and documentary interviews to reflect on their understandings of cultural heritage and personal identities through their experiences with love, fear and womanhood.

This collection of commissioned works will premiere alongside an original live musical score composed by Canadian orchestral pop band Obhijou. In 2013, Ohbijou announced they would go on indefinite hiatus, citing a need for “time to take pause and allow for new experiences,” and a discomfort with the way that constructions of otherness had confined readings of their work to a single narrative. Obhijou’s performance at Reel Asian will be their first time reuniting in three years – a rare opportunity for fans.

This project was made possible through funding from the Inter-Action Multiculturalism Program supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage.