Open City Documentary Festival

24th–30th
April 2024
across London
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Naomi Kawase: Embracing + Sky, Wind, Fire, Water, Earth + Q&A

[1] Director Naomi Kawase, [3] Country Japan, [4] Duration 90,

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”