Stories That Matter: Walking With My Mother by Katsumi Sakaguchi


Stories That Matter features documentaries, essays, and narratives that look into the societal and cultural aspects of our world. Sometimes critical, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, sometimes heartbreaking - these stories may be personal, but the themes and impact are often universal.

From environmental crises to personal stories, this lineup of documentary and fiction films gives insight into the meta and micro narratives that impact our lives. Featuring an international selection of short and feature films from countries such as Iran, The Philippines, the United States, and Singapore.

All screenings are held at the Objectifs Chapel Gallery. Go to http://www.objectifs.com.sg/storiesthatmatter2016/ for more information about the programme.

Screenings are free but pre-registration is required. Entry by donation.

Objectifs is a partner of ‘Watch Local’, an initiative under the Singapore Film Commission.

Programme Schedule

Walking With My Mother by Katsumi Sakaguchi / Japan / 93 min / M18 (There will be a post screening Q&A session)

When Suchie Sakaguchi lost her daughter to illness three years ago, she could not let go of her tranquilizers. When her husband became hospitalized, her mental state worsened. In order to understand her on a deeper level, her son, Director Katsumi Sakaguchi, decided to make a record of her life on camera. Not long after Suchie let a careworker into her life, her husband passed away. Her younger sister, Mariko Miyazono, arrived in Tokyo for the funeral, and with Suchie in a state of despair and hopelessness, she decided to take her back to Tanegashima, their hometown. It was 38 years since Suchie’s last visit there.

Sakaguchi's camera captures Suchie's mental fluctuations and conflicts over the span of four years with aching intimacy.

Bio of Katsumi Sakaguchi

Sakaguchi has made more than 200 documentaries dealing with the problems of young people and families in difficult circumstances as TV director and producer. He has written and directed three feature films and one documentary film. BLUE TOWER (2000/Silver Awards at the 2001 Houston IFF, Mar del Plata IFF, Vienna IFF etc.) portrays a young man suffering from self-inflicted isolation and CATHARSIS (2002, Munich IFF, Vienna IFF etc.) portrays a boy who committed a crime. Both are independent films, made on very low budgets but both films were very well received at festivals and had theatrical releases in Japan and Germany. SLEEP (2011, IFF Rotterdam, Chicago IFF etc.) portrays the despair and rebirth of a girl who was born as a result of the rape of her mother. The film received a rave review in Screen International. A chief critic Mark Adams said, "SLEEP is an impressively subversive and grim tale, but also well made and disturbingly watchable". "Atomic Bomb House" (2012, with a 6 week long run in Tokyo) is a documentary about aged Atomic-bomb victims in Nagasaki who pass down the message of preciousness of peace to younger generations. His latest film A DANCE FOR BLUE WHALES (2015) is the silent film about two sisters who try to rebuild a house after they lose their family and a house with tsunami disaster. All of Sakaguchi's films portray the people living in the dark corners of society through a unique perspective and visual style. Since making SLEEP, he has also worked as a cinematographer.

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Sat Mar 12, 2016
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM SGT
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Objectifs Chapel Gallery
12 Mar, Sat, 3pm / Walking With My Mother

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