Over the Threshold

Institute History

  • 1991 Sundance Film Festival


Over the Threshold is a documentary film about intermarriage between Westerners and Japanese. The directors are a husband-and-wife team who met during their course of study at Britain's National Film & TV School. The film documents their first visit to Japan together, a visit during which husband Tezuka introduces his Caucasian wife to his family. The point of view is largely that of the "outsider," and much of the film amounts to a sociocultural study of a Japanese family, who seem to adapt surprisingly well to having a foreigner in their midst. The film's perspective is strengthened by the incorporation of interviews with other Western women who have married Japanese husbands.

Screening Details

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