february, 2020

thu27feb6:00 pm9:00 pmEvent OverEngageAsia Film+Maker Series: MRS. JUDOThe first woman in the world to attain a 10th degree black belt6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Teacher: EngageAsia Aligned Living Quadrant:Heartfelt Community,Knowledge of Systems


(Thursday) 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


The Aligned Center

1 Bridge Street, Foundry Building Suite 64, Irvington, NY 10533

Event Details

Once in a long while, the life destiny of one woman lines up to make a radical shift for women around the world.

On July 28, 2011, Keiko Fukuda Sensei broke through a glass ceiling for women when she was awarded the pinnacle of judo, the 10th degree black belt. Fukuda is the first and only woman to hold this honor.

Join us at The Aligned Center in Irvington, NY, for this next event in the Film+Maker Series with EngageAsia!

Q+A with filmmaker Yuriko Gamo Romer.

Keiko Fukuda Sensei was the last disciple of judo’s founder, Jigoro Kano, and taught judo in San Francisco until just before her death on February 9, 2013, at the age of 99 years old. Mrs. Judo: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful, is a compelling and artistic film that documents her life-long journey to defy thousands of years of tradition, choose her own path, and become become the highest-ranking woman in judo history and the only woman to attain the pinnacle 10th degree.

Mrs. Judo premiered in San Francisco in 2012 and has been screened nationally and internationally in over twenty film festivals. The film was recognized as “Best Documentary” at the International Festival of Sports Movies in Moscow, Russia in 2013. It has continued to be screened internationally, selected for the International Women’s Film Festival in Mumbai, India, International Sports Film Festival in Milan, Italy, and Festival Cine Deporte in Oaxaca, Mexico.

For more information about the film, visit: https://www.mrsjudomovie.com/.

EngageAsia, founded by Aligned Center member David Janes and Stomu Miyazaki, is a non-profit organization which engages teachers in innovative programs to build cross-cultural understanding and foster peace and community between the United States and countries throughout the Asia-Pacific.

$20 suggested donation ($5 for students)  includes film and Q+A with the filmmaker. RSVP below to reserve your space.


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