HATOMA films, The
VHS NTSC, color, 159 min
Keywords: Environment & Nature
The HATOMA films: Contains the following films: Waiting for Water (1981) 16mm, color sound, 27 mins; There's Nothing that doesn't Take Time (1981) 16mm, color/sound, 7 mins; The Priestess/The Storekeeper, (1983) 16mm, color/sound, 30 mins; Sacred Vandals (1983) 16mm, color/sound, 55 mins. vhs rental: 75.00. Hatoma is a coral island of just over one square kilometre in area, located in Yaeyama , the southernmost part of the Ryukyu Islands, now Okinawa Prefecture. Okinawa was once an independent kingdom and a flourishing trade route. Early in the 17th century the islands came under Japanese dominance and most were directly annexed by Japan in 1879. This led to a conscious policy of "Japanization" and the people were forced to learn Japanese in addition to their own dialects. The people were more resistant, however, to the influences of Buddhism and Confucianism, and retained their own belief system of animistic origins. In contrast to the rest of Japan, it is the women who take leading roles in the spiritual and ritual life of the islands, in addition to their responsibilities for farming and social activities. In 1972 the islands reverted to Japan after a period of US occupation, and despite their cultural traditions are becoming increasingly like the "mainland". SEE INDIVIDUAL FILMS ABOVE FOR DESCRIPTIONS
VHS NTSC Rental: $75.00
16mm, color, 21.5 min
Keywords: Art & Artists, Biography & Autobiography
With Judith Wright Filmed in the autumn and winter of 1978, just after the poet Judith Wright had moved "Edge" in the Half-Moon Wildlife District, Mongarlowe, NSW, AT EDGE communicates a relationship between the poet and her bush environment. In the film Judith Wright speaks her mind about her work on conservation and her poetry she comments on film rushes shown to her; she reads several poems, some written at the time of filming. Entirely filmed at "Edge."
16mm Rental: $40.00
16mm, color, 13.75 min
Keywords: Art & Artists, Literature & Theater
EFFACEMENT shows a Japanese Noh mask maker, Taniguchi Akiko, at work on her masks in her Tokyo studio. She carves the mask, paints, and moves it in the pace of an actor's movements on the traditional stage.
16mm Rental: $40.00
There's Nothing That Doesn't Take Time
16mm, color, 7.75 min
Keywords: Biography & Autobiography
A mini-film from Hatoma showing a 76-year-old woman weaving a basket for the fishing. During the task, which takes from morning till late afternoon, she talks about herself and her life.
16mm Rental: $20.00
Waiting for Water
16mm, color, 27 min
Genre: Documentary, Experimental
Keywords: Environment & Nature, Personal / Diary / Journal
The first of Solrun Hoaas' films from Hatoma Island, Okinawa, Japan. A documentary on daily life on small depopulated island using a combination of diary narration and English subtitles. The film uses an ebb-and-flow structure to capture the recurring events and images of life on an island that once had over 600 people, but now only little over 40 due to the move to the cities "for the sake of the children's education."
16mm Rental: $60.00
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