CINEMA

We focus on Japan for the 2nd time, thanks to the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation. We discover Japanese indie cinema with 2 films, Demolition Girl (88’) by Genta Matsugami and AMA by Georgie Yukiko Donovan (15’). Demolition Girl (88’) is a multi-award  winner that deals with a high school girl determined to leave her impoverished small town life behind, earns money as a video fetish performer. 

The short AMA (15’) by Georgie Yukiko Donovan, a documentary on the last of Japan’s ’women of the sea’.

The 2 films will be followed by a panel discussion with Japan experts, Lois Barnett and Forum Mithani from SOAS. 

DIRECTOR

Genta Matsugami  born in Hiroshima in 1981, graduated from Osaka University in 2005. His graduation film, “Sanketsu no umi,” won Audience Award at Pia Film Festival and went on to be screened at film festivals all over the world. In 2012, he founded a creative production company, 16bit.inc, mainly producing TV commercials, Video Packages, and Music Videos.

INTERVIEW WITH GENTA MATSUGAMI

DANCE

Yukiko Masui is a Tokyo-born dancer & choreographer whose works have been performed and awarded across Europe and Japan. She will perform ’BOKU’, a solo contemporary dance piece followed by a short workshop.

’”BOKU” is a contemporary dance solo based on my childhood memories of calling myself boku which is a male pronoun of “I” in Japanese. Exploring reasons and expectations of choosing my own pronoun.’

’A performance that makes you sit up and pay unwavering attention’

The Guardian

Photo by Marso Riviere

FOOD

You will be treated by a real Japanese chef, Keiko Urakawa, who will concoct a delicious menu and, as a freebie, teach you how to make Sushi in a quick workshop! Keiko has been introducing how easy and fun to make sushi at home for over 15 years in both Australia and the UK. Making sushi at a Japanese restaurant “Necco” in Clerkenwell professionally, so Keiko’s sushi class is genuine and full of laughter! Keiko’s passion is to create happy faces with tasty food and cooking together.

FLOW OF THE DAY

18:00 Opening with food and drinks

18:45 Sushi workshop

19:00 Intro festival

19:30 Dance performance workshop

20:00 Screening

21:30 Panel discussion with experts

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