About Us

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This work was conceived by Ambassador Edmundo Sussumu Fujita (in memoriam), and executed under the coordination of Ambassadress Maria Ligaya Abeleda Fujita, Professor Monica Setuyo Okamoto, PhD. (Federal University of Paraná -UFPR) and Professor Masato Ninomiya, PhD. (University of São Paulo-USP). It is part UFPR´s University Extension Project entitled “Archives of Oral History of Ethnic Minority Groups” that began in September 2017, with the participation of UFPR´s students of Japanese Letters.

 The series as well as the website www.nipobrasileiros.com propose to work with projects that involve Asian ethnicity in Brazil and in other countries.

 NipoBrasileiros is the first work to be released in this site, which offers an interactive space for future academic and artistic project; involving both Brazilian and the international communities.



Pietà Filmes e Produções is a young company with great partnerships and projects, whose greatest value is the expertise of its associates in complementary areas of all stages in audiovisual production. Diego da Costa has ample experience in developing projects and coordinating excellent team work, while Von Gabriel is the strongest link in negotiations, search for financing and project dissemination. In  its 6 years of existence, it has already produced 3 fiction feature films:  “Os Caubóis do Apocalipse” (made entirely independently), has received various awards, has been exhibited in commercial circuits and film festivals, and licensed by Telecine and Canal Brasil, 2018); “São Ateu” (being finished);  and “Selvagem” (being finished) that has Lucélia Santos, Rincon Sapiência and Vilma Melo as part of the cast, with support from Tintas Coral and Canon. Coproduced the television documentary “A Plebe é Rude” (Canal Brasil, 2016), produced the web series “Atadas” that will be released in November 2019, in addition to many short films and videoclips. Today, Pietà Filmes produces screenplays for the series “O Culto”, “As Meninas do CAO” and “Café Quebec”; and is developing fiction feature films such as “Trilhas da Noite”, “Deus, a Avó, a Macaca e um Fusca” and “Corte Geral”.  It is currently producing the web series “NipoBrasileiros” in partnership with the Federal University of Paraná and Japan Foundation.



Diego da Costa (Director and Producer)

Is a sound technician, cinema and TV director and film editor, with a degree in Medialogy from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP). In his career as director and producer, he directed the short film “Argentino” - winner of the best movie, best direction and popular jury awards in the IV Paulínia Cinema Festival and   the TV documentary “A Plebe é Rude”, a coproduction with Canal Brasil. His first fiction feature film, “Os Caubóis do Apocalipse”, 2017/2018, a totally independent production, has been exhibited and awarded in festivals, shown in commercial circuits and has been licensed by Telecine and Canal Brasil. His second fiction feature film, “Selvagem”, was accepted in the 02/2016 SPCine edict, has Lucélia Santos, Rincon Sapiência e Vilma Mello as part of the cast. It received a prize at the producers´ trade fair during the 51st Festival do Brazilian Films in Brasilia and participated in the official selection of Ventana Sur, the biggest trade fair of film producers in Latin America.


Pedro Tinen (Director and Screenwriter)

Is a film-maker, screenwriter and programmer of audiovisuals and films. Coordinator of the Brazilian Programs of the International Short Film Festival of SP (Curta Kinoforum) and collaborator of the Mix de Diversidade and Ecofalante festivals. Is director and screenwriter of the NipoBrasileiros (2019) series and producer of the Atadas (2016) series. Has a Master´s degree in Multimedia from UNICAMP, was collaborator of the Great Cinema Directors´ collection (Folha de São Paulo 2018) and is also specialist on Japanese and Asian cinema.


Alexandre Nakahara (Diretor e Montador)

Is a cinema and TV director and film editor with a degree in Social Communication and Medialogy from UNICAMP. Currently, he is pursuing a Master´s degree in Audiovisual Means and Processes at ECA-USP, where he does research financed by CAPES on the representation of Brazilian characters in Japanese movies, with central focus on Brazilian immigrants in Japan.

His audio-visual career includes the production, direction and editing of short films, documentaries and works for internet. In 2016, he directed and produced the short film documentary “Lugares e Medo e Ódio” financed by PROAC-SP of LGBTQ theme, which was exhibited in more than fifteen festivals worldwide.


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Creation and direction: Alexandre Nakahara, Diego da Costa and Pedro Tinen

Executive production: Diego da Costa and Rodrigo da Costa

Production: Giovanni Franchischelli

Photography: Giovanna Pezzo

Photography assistant: Guilherme Ghussn

Sound: Diego da Costa e Giovanni Franchischelli

Film Editing: Alexandre Nakahara and Diego da Costa

Sound editing/mixing: RBS

Motion and titles: João R.

Art: Heitor Yida

Web designer: André Turtelli Poles

Press officer: Mariana Sanches Rubini


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Edmundo Fujita (1950-2016) – Mentor

First Asian descendant to join the Brazilian diplomatic service, and the first Japanese-Brazilian to reach the top of the Brazilian diplomatic career 94 years after the start of Japanese immigration in Brazil in 1908. Obtained a Degree in Law from the University of São Paulo (USP).  Was Japanese Government (Mombusho) scholar at the University of Tokyo, where he studied Japanese Diplomatic History.

Has a Master´s degree in Comparative Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science, London. Researcher at the United Nations for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), Geneva.

Served as diplomat in London, Tokyo, Moscow and New York, where he was Brazilian Alternate Representative at the Security Council of the United Nations. Was Undersecretary for Analysis and Evaluation at the Secretariat of Strategic Affairs, Office of the Presidency of the Republic, where he coordinated the Brazil 2020 Project.  Was Ambassador in Indonesia, and in Republic of Korea. Wrote many articles, received many awards, lectured and was part of the examination boards at the Rio Branco Institute of the Ministry of External Relations.


Maria Ligaya Tolentino Abeleda Fujita - Coordinator

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of the Philippines; Master of Arts in Diplomacy, Occidental College, Los Angeles (California, USA); PhD in International Studies, University of Denver (Colorado, USA).

Japan Foundation Research Fellow on Japanese Foreign Policy at the University of Tokyo; Studied Sociology of Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science in London.

Was Assistant Representative, United Nations Development Program-UNDP- in Brazil, and Special Assistant to Deputy-Director for Programme at the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) in New York; taught Political Science and International Politics at the University of the Philippines in Manila.

While accompanying Ambassador Edmundo Fujita on postings abroad, worked as consultant on project/programme formulation, monitoring and evaluation.


Mônica Setuyo Okamoto- Coordinator

Master´s degree in Letters, Júlio de Mesquita Filho Paulista State University - Assis (2001) and PhD in Letters (French Language and Literature Translation Studies), University of São Paulo (2011).

Taught at   the Department of Modern Languages in Júlio de Mesquita Filho Paulista State University - Assis (1996-2011), and since 2011, is Assistant Professor at the Department of Foreign and Modern Languages (DELEM), Federal University of Paraná (UFPR).

Currently coordinates, together with Ambassadress Maria Ligaya Fujita, the web-documentary NipoBrasileiros, directed by Diego Costa, Pedro Tinen and Alexandre Nakahara, of Pietà Filmes. This project is part of the UFPR’s Extension Project “Arquivo de História Oral de Grupos Minoritários Étnicos”, which is being executed together with students of the Course on Japanese Language and Literature of this institution.

Is part of the CNPq´s research group TRANSFOPRESS (Study of foreign press in Brazil), Process 446392/2014-6, since 2014.   Is a researcher of the National Research Foundation of Korea (NFR-NFR-2017S1A2A2041735) on Asian immigration since 2017.

Organized, together with Francisco Hashimoto and Janete Tanno, the work “Cem Anos da Imigração Japonesa: História, Memória e Arte” (Unest Press, 2008), translated the romance “Sôbo” (Ateliê, 2008) together with Takao Namekata and Maria Tomimatsu, and published the work “A Influência Francesa no Discurso Brasileiro Sobre o Japão” (Porto de Ideias Press, 2016).


Masato Ninomiya - Collaborator

Born in Nagano, Japan, in 1948, he immigrated to Brazil in 1954 and was naturalized Brazilian in 1971. Obtained Bachelor´s degree in Law, University of São Paulo (USP); Bachelor´s degree in Language and Literature (Japanese and Portuguese), USP; Master´s degree in Law, University of Tokyo; Ph.D. in Law, University of Tokyo

Lawyer-Principal Partner of Masato Ninomiya Law Office; Professor of International Public and Private Law at the University of São Paulo; and Visiting Professor at Hiroshima University, University of Tokyo and other universities in Japan.  President, Information Center for Brazilian Workers Abroad; Director and Vice-president, Santa Cruz Hospital in SP Special Adviser for Latin America, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).  Received many awards and medals and is author of many books and articles.

About the University Extension Project

The University Extension Project - “Arquivo de História Oral de Grupos Minoritários Étnicos”- aims to create a repository of oral narratives of Japanese-Brazilians that would enable the reconstruction of their stories and memoirs, their activities as well as their cultural, socio-economic and political contributions. In social terms, the oral history archive offers an academic and social space for Asian immigrants and their descendants to register their memoirs and experiences. This will greatly the benefit future researchers, as this group´s histories are not available in in official records.



Students of the Japanese Letters´ Course (UFPR) participating in the project

Andrey Almeida Melo

Eduardo Aluísio de Gang Fabro

Hely Cristian Branco

Larissa Schmitz Nunes

Maico Cristiano Wolfart

Silvio Menezes da Silva

Willians Marco de Castilho Junior


External Collaborators

Fabiana Patrocínio 

Gil Vicente Nagai Lourenção

Simone Fernandes Felippe Nagumo