Kokoyakyu: High School Baseball Film Screening with filmmaker Ken Eng

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
VCAM VCAM 001 Screening Room
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Fernandez, Noemi
Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities

 In Japan, baseball is not a pastime — it's a national obsession. And for many of the country's youth, the sport has become a rite of passage, epitomized by the national high school baseball tournament known simply as "Koshien." Four thousand teams enter, but only 49 are chosen to compete in the championship that grips the nation for two weeks every August.

Screening followed by a conversation with filmmaker Kenneth Eng. 


Kenneth Eng is a director, editor, and executive producer. After graduating from Boston Latin School, Ken left for New York in 1994 to study film at the School of Visual Arts. His thesis Scratching Windows, a short documentary film about graffiti writers, was broadcast as part of the doc series REEL NY on WNET - NY PBS. In 2001, Ken directed and edited Take Me to The River, a feature length documentary about the Maha Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad, India. Kokoyakyu: High School Baseball, his film about the famous Koshien Tournament in Japan was nationally broadcast on PBS as part of POV and continues to play in Japan on NHK-TV. In 2007, Ken was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship to launch My Life In China. Recently, he edited Tested for director Curtis Chin, and is currently collaborating with him on a film Our Chinatown about the challenges chinatowns across America face. Ken is also involved in The Great China Baseball Hunt, a film about the rise of baseball in China.

Contact: HCAH Program Manager Noemí Fernández - nfernandez@haverford.edu

Sponsored by the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities Creative Residencies Program and the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.

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