Focus Japan: Japan in Narration

Doglegs (Heath Cozens, 2015)

Doglegs (Heath Cozens, 2015)

Collaborating with Japan Foundation, this year, Focus Japan is joining to enliven the dynamics of Festival Film Dokumenter that’d be held on December 7-10, 2016 presenting documentary films that invites the audience to know more about Japan from different point of view. An abstraction with a touch of art and life values that arouse sensitivity. Not far from the title of ‘Displacement’, Focus Japan this year lifted the perspective of Japanese documentary that certainly can not be equated with the other country in Asia – given the long and established cinema culture in this country.

Reflection of a well-established culture of cinema that depicts the struggle between mind and logic towards something strange and unusual, yet still and always there in each story of people’s life. One of the is the stigma on something when a wrestler who is generally  having a ‘normal’ physical condition in order to perform well refuted by people with disabilities that choose to be a provocative wrestler on Doglegs (Heath Cozens, 2015, Japan/USA/Canada). Or celebration of the loneliness of life by replaying old memories that full with laughter which makes the long lost memories come back, about a family, defeat in war, and death are presented on Ryoko Kaban (Timoteus A. Kusno, 2016, Japan/Indonesia).

Poetic creation that tells the melting of  two meetings between the white snow and the childern which was a tribute of documentary film of Robert Flaherty Nanook of the North that also tells about expression of white color with the childern in unique landscape where  there’s a curve of dome in the inside through Ponpoko Mountain (Takayuki Yoshida, 2016)

Through the story line and substantion from the films of this program, FFD is forming expectations so that people who are still far from static is still be able to reflect cliche stigmas that often become normalization of the ambiguity of life, by considering life values that often slipped from people’s attention.

Other than that, through Focus Japan, the audience can look over the demography, culture, art, infrastucture, politic, economy, and ideas comprehensively through narration, visualization, or background musics that interestingly wrapped to keep so many things that can build empathy and logic differently – through the offered framework of this program in seeing Japan. [Justicia Handykaputri / Ellyta Rahmayandi]

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