Born with It

| April 5, 2018


NYU Tisch Asia / 2016 / Japanese / Color

Being the new kid in school isn’t easy, but being the new kid at a school in a new country is really tough. After being bullied by his Japanese classmates for being biracial, a boy begins to question his own identity in Born With It.

Appeared in Season 5 | Episode 6 | “Unchartered Waters”


Born with it is directed by Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour Jr.

Emmanuel was born and raised in Houston, Texas to a Ghanaian immigrant family. After visiting Japan for the first time in 2007, he fell in love with the cinematic sensibilities of contemporary Japanese cinema. For the past 6 years, he has lived and worked in Japan as a director and producer for TV and film. His work in Japan has premiered in international festivals such as Cannes, Toronto, and Palm Springs, and his most recent film, “Born With It,” won the awards for Best Film and Greatest Social Impact Award at the NBCUniversal Short Film Festival. He has now relocated to Los Angeles and is currently working on his first feature to take place in both the US and Japan.

Emmanuel completed his BA at Stanford University and his MFA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Asia in Singapore.


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Series Producer
Lisa Landi

Associate Producer
Julia Shackelford

Peter Borg

Zaldy Serrano
Christina Zee White

Original Music
Written and Produced by

John Andrieni

Kevin Cooke
Marie K Lee

Social Media Specialist
Aldo Mora-Blanco

Sarah Hoffner

On Air Promotion
Bridget Louie

William Lowery
Abby Staeble

Director of TV Production
Sandy Schonning

Executive Producer
Scott Dwyer