Keigei Kakocho

Documentary | 01:30 | SWITZERLAND

One of Japan’s last “whaling community” remains on the Japanese coast on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Following the government’s reintroduction of whaling, the community finds itself confronted with the discrepancy between traditional identity and contemporary values.

Bio | Filmography


Sophie Dascal, Director

Sophie Dascal obtained a Bachelor’s degree in History and Philosophy of Art in 2013, followed by a Master’s degree in History and Aesthetics of Cinema in 2015, both at the University of Lausanne. She established herself as an independent film and video maker in Geneva in 2018, after studying cinema at the HEAD-Geneva. During her three years of studies, she made several documentary essays and experimented with video installation during her one-year exchange at the Kassel Kunsthochschule (D), where she exhibited her installation Decadence at documenta14. In addition to her personal projects, she works as a director of photography, notably on Justine Fabre’s films Entre le ciel et la terre, Madeleine après trente ans, selected in several festivals, and Jaizkibel, shot in April 2019. Her diploma film Angor Pectoris was selected among others at the Festival International Visions du Réel in 2019, where she won the META Cultural Foundation Award.

Filmography (selection)

Angor Pectoris, doc, 2019
Decadence, essay doc, 2016



• Sélection au Torino Script Lab 2020


• Sélections au Village de Coproductions des Arcs 2019 & Atelier Grand Nord 2020

Putin's Witnesses

• Nomination aux European Film Awards

Tempête Silencieuse primé à Locarno

• Pardino d'Argento | Pardi di Domani

Sœurs Jarariju distingué à la Berlinale

• Mention Spéciale du Jury International

Je fais où tu me dis

• Mention Spéciale du Jury à interFilm Berlin

Putin's Witnesses

• Sélection Officielle au TIFF 2018
• Grand Prix du Meilleur Documentaire à Karlovy Vary

Je fais où tu me dis distingué à la Berlinale

• Mention Spéciale du Jury des Jeunes