投稿者: ourplanet 投稿日時: 火, 03/05/2019 - 16:50





New York based filmmaker Naomi Mizoguchi released the documentary film "Ainu Hito" focusing on 4 Ainu elders in the town of Biratori in Hokkaido. The film captures the history and culture of the Ainu community as well as every day scenes of modern life. Working closely with the residents and Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum, she put weight on bringing these local voices to the screen.

Dir. Mizoguchi was one of the co-founders of a non-profit organization that engages with indigenous communities in Colombia, Ecuador and Nepal to support filmmaking and empower them to preserve their own languages and cultures through the medium of film. When asked about indigenous people in Japan, she realized she only had a limited knowledge of their lives and experiences. She first visited the town of Biratori in 2008 and started the filmmaking project in 2015. She's spent 3 years, staying periodically with one of the elders while in Biratori to complete the film in 2018.

For the first time in Japanese history, a bill to legally recognize the Ainu as the indigenous people of Japan is about to be passed. With heightened interest in their cultural heritage, she hopes to convey the contemporary life and culture of the Ainu through her film.


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