cinEncounters was established in 2012 to create a forum for critical engagement with lesser known masterpieces of Japanese cinema from the 1960s, 1970s, and beyond. From the Japanese “New Wave” to pink films, from anime to documentary, monthly film screenings emphasize a collective encounter with the unexpected, the uncharted, and the unusual in Japanese film. In addition to group discussion of films, filmmaking techniques, and the stories and histories behind them, whenever possible we will will invite noted critics, filmmakers, and scholars with expertise on specific films to join in our discussion either in person or via Skype. All films will be shown with English subtitles and no prior knowledge of Japanese is required.