Ginger & Honey Milk, an award-winning film by Deaf and Non-binary Japanese filmmaker Mika Imai, depicts four young people, some of whom are Deaf and fluent in sign and others who are hearing and learning sign, as they navigate life as university students during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. While it sheds light on Deaf culture, which is the culture of people whose first language is sign, Ginger & Honey Milk also explores the semantic differences between Japanese Sign Language and Japanese as well as between the Deaf and hearing communities.
Mika's creative vision incorporates their own experience as a Deaf person in order to produce a film that can be enjoyed by both Deaf and hearing audiences. Ginger & Honey Milk is nuanced in its filmmaking technique and is a testament to incorporating disability justice in film.
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