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A Changing Heart

A Changing Heart
Director: Leigh M. Devine
Associate Producer: Misako Furukawa
Director of Photography: Yudai Kato
Editors: Satoko Sugiyama, Katherine Moore, Christopher Quinn

A Changing Heart (52 min.) takes an intimate look at how the Japanese, in a mere century, have come to adopt love as a rationale for marriage. By examining the changing roles of women, the shape of families, the impact of World War II, as well as industrialization and the decline of tradition, we can understand how the Japanese, and perhaps even other cultures, could accept new attitudes toward love and marriage. The film looks chronologically at how arranged marriage evolved and then reveals how this change has left people in Japan today, as they face the quest of looking for a partner. The consequences of this evolution turn out to unleash unexpected quandaries to both individuals and society as a whole.

A Changing Heart was Official Selection of the Pennsylvania International Film Festival, The Dallas Asian Film Festival, Tiburon Film Festival, and the New York International Independent Film Festival where it was shown in both New York and Los Angeles. The film, which was funded in part by a grant from The Japan Foundation, has been presented nationwide at universities, Asian cultural centers, and museums.

Leigh M. Devine
Producer & Director

Leigh Devine began her television and film career at CNN™ Tokyo Bureau. She joined NHK, Japan Broadcasting Corporation in New York and later produced health and medical documentaries for Lifetime Television. As an independent writer-producer, Ms. Devine has produced national television programs, documentaries, educational videos, web-casts, and commercials. Ms. Devine has received several broadcast awards including an Emmy for the documentary Who's Going to Care for These Children? which aired on PBS™ POV, and the Award of Excellence from the American Medical Writers Association.

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