I've have recently been promoting my short doc on three interesting characters I met in a village in Japan.
I'm a British born Japanese, and have only lived in Japan for 2 years, so I feel a bit caught between being Japanese and Western. What I have felt though, is that Western media (and to some extent Japanese media) seems to concentrate exclusively on the sensational (or weird) side of Japan for ratings, and that has consequently led to a skewed impression of Japan in the West. For me, Japan is a country of extreme contradictions, and the culture/the people/ their motives, are much more complicated than is perceived in the media. I made this film because I thought that it showed a side of Japanese life that was a bit different and refreshing. I'm hoping there are people who will find it interesting.
It's my first ever film and I'm trying to get support for it. The full version is 30 mins long and will hopefully be making the rounds on the festival circuit. I'm also working on expanding the idea to feature more people, and create a more comprehensive view of village life in Japan- please "like" the facebook page if it floats your boat