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For the last nine years, the Embassy of Japan has partnered with Access Cinema to bring the best of Japanese cinema to Irish shores. Many of these films never even get a full international release, but the Embassy and Access Cinema, with the support of the Ireland Japan Association and the Japan Foundation have been opening a cinematic window into Japanese life and culture, showing Japanese films at venues throughout the country. The 2017 Japanese Film Festival, which will be taking place in cinemas in Dundalk, Cork, Galway, Sligo, Maynooth, Limerick, Dublin and Waterdord throughout April, now has its full lineup of films announced. The festival programme was unveiled at the Light House Cinema on Sunday, marked by a screening of the film A Silent Voice.

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Since its inception the Silk Road International Film Festival has celebrated the art, culture and cinema of the regions that were historically part of the Silk Road trade routes. Every March, a wide range of Eurasian cinema is screened at the festival, with the aim of showcasing the different arts and cultures of these different areas and bringing diverse filmmaking to a wider audience. Now running for five years, the Silk Road International Film Festival returns this March with an interesting selection of films and international guests.

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