Open City Documentary Festival

Naomi Kawase: Embracing + Sky, Wind, Fire, Water, Earth + Q&A

Director
Naomi Kawase
 
Country
Japan
 
Duration
90min
 
Date
Event has passed
 
Location
Regent Street Cinema
 

In these two deeply personal films, Naomi Kawase reflects on her relationship with her father, absent throughout her childhood. Embracing (1992) revolves around Naomi’s search for her father despite her adoptive mother’s discouragement and her own doubts about what she might find. Combining nostalgic home movies and handheld Super 8mm footage of nature, Kawase weaves together an achingly beautiful search for identity and the true meaning of family. Sky, Wind, Fire, Water, Earth (2001) chronicles Naomi’s reaction to her father’s death a decade later, drawing lifelong connections between her original search, her childhood with her adoptive parents and her unfulfilled longing for a relationship with her birth parents.

Presented in partnership with Japan Foundation

Followed by a Q&A with director Naomi Kawase, hosted by Julian Ross, a programmer at Locarno Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Part of Naomi Kawase: In Focus