11 July 2018 | velianne-87204
A realistic take on discrimination among Japanese youth
A young Japanese black skinned boy named Keisuke moves to the countryside with his mother and enters a new school as a transfer student. Due to his skin color and "non-typical Japanese" features, he starts getting bullied by his young classmates. Having difficulties coping with his classmates' remarks, he will however find comfort in his mother's words but also in a new and unexpected friendship.
I can say without a doubt that I really enjoyed this short Japanese film. Discrimination against "half" children in Japan has been a real social problem for years, and even with Japan opening its borders and mindset more and more as years pass, hurtful remarks and stereotyping remains a problem, particularly in the Japanese countryside, where diversity is scarce. Not a lot of films shine the light on this problem, but "Born with It" does and does it in a very realistic and touching manner. Indeed, Keisuke's daily life in the school seems relatable for any other half children that have been through the same kind of bullying. But the main aspect that touched me was the fact that the story doesn't take the simple way out for its ending and remains very realistic. Finally, the cinematography of the film was in my opinion really aesthetic, with colors more in the darker tones, fitting the seriousness of the issue touched upon. In the same way I also found the light music heard throughout the film to be really fitting.