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I Am What I Am + After Talk
I Am What I Am + After Talk

wo 10 jul


Studio K

I Am What I Am + After Talk

In this anti-romance film, an asexual young woman seeks to find freedom in a world where romantic love reigns above all else. This is a ticketed event: €13 or FREE for Cineville pass holders. Click the RSVP button to purchase tickets.

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Time & Location

10 jul 2024, 21:00 – 23:00

Studio K, Timorplein 62, 1094 CC Amsterdam, Netherlands

About the event

Thirty-year-old Kasumi, portrayed by Miura Tōko in her first screen role since Drive My Car (2021), has always been single and uninterested in romance, much to her mother's frustration. Pressured into an arranged marriage meeting, she unexpectedly meets someone who understands her perspective. Supported by her lively friend Maho, Kasumi seeks to live authentically, free from the rigid expectations of love and marriage imposed on young women. 

Directed by award-winning Japanese screenwriter and director known for his work in both film and television, Tamada Shinya, I Am What I Am is a sensitive and sincere exploration of asexual identity, challenging the conventional notion that romantic love is essential for fulfilment. This anti-romance film opens a window into the lives of those who defy societal norms, offering a rare and poignant depiction of the struggle for self-acceptance and the pursuit of personal freedom.

Join us for an engaging after talk after the screening. We'll delve into asexuality, intersectionality and queer (Asian) representation within the film and beyond the screen with Yuè Leentjes and Amber Witsenburg (chairperson of the Netherlands Organisation for Asexuality, NOA), moderated by Zoë Horsten. 

Director Name: TAMADA Shinya

Year: 2022

Production Country: Japan

Duration: 104

Language(s): Japanese 

Subtitles: English

This screening is part of the film program collaboration between Asian Pride x CinemAsia. 

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