"Have You Heard About The Ainu? Elders of Japan's Indigenous People Speak" A documentary film by Dr. Kinko Ito, Professor of Sociology University of Arkansas at Little Rock This film is based on my ethnographic research in Hokkaido, Japan. The Ainu are an indigenous ethnic minority people of Japan who have their own language and unique culture. Their ancestors lived in northern part of Honshu, Hokkaido, Sakhalin, and the Kuril Islands. Since the establishment of the Hokkaido Colonization Board by the Japanese government in the late 19th century, the Ainu's homeland (Ainu Moshir) became national land. They were exposed to various assimilation policies including ethnic cleansing. They have been prejudiced and discriminated against, and they had to cope with "the problem" at school, at work, and in marriage. In 2014, I went to Hokkaido, stayed with an Ainu family, and videotaped several elderly Ainu men and women talk about their lives in their own words: their youth, identity, ...