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The Earth Asleep

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Synopsis

THE EARTH ASLEEP discovers hidden truths and forgotten histories about the 2011 Great East Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, the most powerful disaster ever recorded in Japan. The documentary includes invaluable archive research, testimonies, ceremonial rites, spiritual beliefs, bringing a sensitive understanding of loss and trauma. Image, poetry and music intertwine in an evocative rhythmic montage of archive and original visual elements, with a score beautifully rendered and inspired by Japanese instruments, and a poem on-screen highlighting the role of the metaphor, to mark the 10th year commemoration of the lost and missing people.

Details

Year
2021
Type of film
Features
Running Time
80 min
Director
Clara Casian
Producer
Bren O'Callaghan
Editor
Clara Casian
Sound
Jamie Birkett
Music
Robin Richards
Principal Cast
Monk Eigo Takahashi, Masahiko Haga, Itaru Sasaki, Keiko Iwama, Jotaro Urabe, Takeshi Yuhara
Assistant Producer
Jamie Allan, Alice Wilde
Production Assistant
Atsushi Kuwayama
Colourist
Dan Parrott
Translation
Shigeo Kobayashi, Ann Kobayashi
Piano
Chris Illingworth
Synthesisers
Robin Richards, Brendan Williams
Cello
Margit Van Der Zwan
Music Mix
Brendan Williams, Jamie Birkett
Publisher
Domino Publishing

Production status

Complete

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Last updated 5th November 2021

Production Company

HOME Arts Centre
bren@homemcr.org
https://homemcr.org/