DOC | 00:30 | SWITZERLAND
DIRECTOR SAYAKA MIZUNO | SCREENPLAY SAYAKA MIZUNO
IN COPRODUCTION WTH ECAL/HEAD
In a marginalized neighbourhood of the industrial city of Kawasaki, a woman aged about 30 who is a mother and an employee of a public bathhouse, is telling the story of her life. Gradually, her story mingles with that of Japan and is reflected on the dark water and the naked bodies. This woman is a burakumin. As a descendant of the caste who were pariahs in the feudal age, she is considered impure. As a counterpoint, behind the walls, women come to perform the ritual and purify themselves in the waters of the baths.
Sayaka Mizuno, Director
Sayaka Mizuno was born in Geneva in 1991. In 2016, she gained her Bachelor’s degree in Cinema at HEAD – Geneva with a distinction from the jury for her film Kawasaki keirin. The film had its world premiere at the Nara International Film Festival in Japan, and received The Flaherty Talent Award. She is currently studying for her Master’s degree at ECAL/HEAD.
Astrée, fiction, 2015 Cet enfant qui est mon père, documentary essay, 2014