Aside from an unhealthy obsession with handbags, what do Japanese and French women have in common? On the surface, perhaps not a lot, but as the current government’s policies indicate, Japan is learning from France’s experience in dealing with gender discrimination and a declining birthrate. To celebrate the March 8 International Women’s Day, the Nikkei newspaper and French Embassy are presenting Femmes@Tokyo, a month-long series of film screenings, exhibitions, concerts and symposia. The event launches with a showing of six French films dealing with gender issues, and French cinema doyenne Catherine Deneuve will be presenting a talk show on the occasion of the screening of her recent film, Mères et Filles.
Femmes @ Tokyo
Screenings of French films focusing on the lives of women in contemporary society. Feb 28-Mar 1, various times, ¥1,200 (student or senior, adv per movie)/¥1,300 (adv per movie)/¥1,400 (student or senior, door per movie)/¥1,500 (door per movie)/¥6,000 (student or senior, all)/¥6,500 (all). Nikkei Hall, Otemachi. Nearest stn: Otemachi. Tel: 0570-02-9999.