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Hana Umeda
Poland
2023
18 min
International Premiere
IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction, IDFA DocLab: Phenomenal Friction
Synopsis

Juitamai is a dance full of contradictions. It gives the female performers a voice, but does not let them have their say. It emancipates Japanese women living in a strongly patriarchal society where they often go unheard, but does so by imposing strict rules. In addition, the dance is a form of accusation towards men, yet it takes an erotic form that confirms and stimulates the male gaze.

In the VR project Close, the ambiguity of a more than 200-year-old dance form is heightened by contemporary means. As a viewer, you come very close to the dancers, and can even direct them with hand movements, but there is always distance.

Depending on your preference, you hear two stories from Juitamai performers, who interpret the same dance very differently with their highly personal confessions. In the stunning finale, a central role is reserved for the woman’s mouth, which for once takes no notice of the fact that it is supposed to remain closed.

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Credits
18 min
color
Digital file
Spoken languages: English
Director
    Hana Umeda
    Hana Umeda
Co-director
    Dorota Sosnowska
    Dorota Sosnowska
Production
    Krzysztof Franek for Visual Narratives Laboratory, Lodz Film School,
    Krzysztof Pijarski for Visual Narratives Laboratory, Lodz Film School,
    Jacek Nagłowski for Visual Narratives Laboratory, Lodz Film School,
    Pola Borkiewicz for Visual Narratives Laboratory, Lodz Film School
    Krzysztof Franek for Visual Narratives Laboratory, Lodz Film School,
    Krzysztof Pijarski for Visual Narratives Laboratory, Lodz Film School,
    Jacek Nagłowski for Visual Narratives Laboratory, Lodz Film School,
    Pola Borkiewicz for Visual Narratives Laboratory, Lodz Film School
Executive producer
    Marcin Marczyk
    Marcin Marczyk
Key collaborator
    Bartosz Kozakiewicz
    Bartosz Kozakiewicz
Cinematography
    Zuzanna Kernbach,
    Marek Titow
    Zuzanna Kernbach,
    Marek Titow
Editing
    Marek Titow
    Marek Titow
Designer
    Marcin Nowicki
    Marcin Nowicki
Developer
    Jakub Rogalski
    Jakub Rogalski
Technical artist
    Marek Titow
    Marek Titow
Sound Design
    Przemysław Danowski
    Przemysław Danowski
Music
    Jan Tomza Osiecki,
    Maria Magdalena Kozłowska
    Jan Tomza Osiecki,
    Maria Magdalena Kozłowska
Screenplay
    Hana Umeda,
    Dorota Sosnowska
    Hana Umeda,
    Dorota Sosnowska
Narration
    Hana Umeda,
    Sada Hanasaki
    Hana Umeda,
    Sada Hanasaki
Screening copy
    Anna Szylar for Visual Narratives Laboratory (vnLab),
    Visual Narratives Laboratory (vnLab)
    Anna Szylar for Visual Narratives Laboratory (vnLab),
    Visual Narratives Laboratory (vnLab)

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