This special program gathers four movies that have been previously shown at the Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival. Gifted deaf filmmaker FUKAGAWA Katsuzo’s human drama Takibi is set in Tokyo in the 1970s; LISTEN explores the music of deaf people; The Tanaka Family portrays the absurdities involved in family life; and TOTA is a road movie that follows a blind Indian candle maker and a deaf Japanese dancer on their journey. Each of these movies represents an attempt to reinterpret the world through the experience of new concepts and ideas informed by the perception and sensitivity of individuals who depend on their visual senses. (MAKIHARA Eri)
Organized by a team of both deaf and hearing persons, the Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival has been introducing outstanding medium and feature length movies related to deafness in one way or another. It has been held biennially since 2017. TOTA is a road movie about a blind Indian candle craftsman and a deaf Japanese dancer. The film captures how they meet in India, and from their situation, with no common language and no way of sharing visual/acoustic information, gradually develop an awareness of each other. The language and the space that the two men create for themselves reexamines the basis of communication.
Guest programmer: MAKIHARA Eri (Director of Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival, filmmaker)
Link program: Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival
Date: 2.12 Sun. 15:00– w/ Q&A session: Makihara Eri, Yahata Aki
Online / Sign language interpretation will be provided for the Q&A session.
Venue: Tokyo Photographic Art Museum 1F Hall
Ticket: ¥800 [advance] / ¥1,000 [door]
YAHATA Aki, TOTA
2012 / 52 min. / Silent film (with Japanese Sign Language, Japanese and Hindi, Japanese and English subtitles)
© Aki Yahata