Japanese film, food and culture and an examination of the island nation’s efforts at recovery from a devastating earthquake and tsunami are the focus of “Japanese Day” November 12 as part of the International Film Festival at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

Kazuhiro Iryu, deputy consul-general for the Consulate-General of Japan, and John Gale, coordinator of the Consulate-General’s Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, will be on hand to discuss cross-cultural understanding and the JET Program, which provides new college graduates and young professionals from around the world the opportunity to participate in international youth exchange.

“Japanese Day” is the first day of the three-day International Film Festival, which runs from November 12 to November 15. The event begins in the Forest Resources Conference Center at 4 p.m. with introductions and welcome, followed by a screening of the documentary film “Fukushima Hula Girls” (in Japanese with English subtitles) at 4:15.

A reception for Iryu and Gale will be held following the screening at 6 p.m. in the Forest Resources Conference Center and will feature Japanese food and music by Samantha Carpenter, cellist. Following the reception will be a screening of “Tohoku Summer Festivals: Repose of Souls and Kizuna” at 7:05 p.m. The 48-minute documentary chronicles efforts by communities in eastern Japan tohold their traditional summer festivals while recovering from the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake.