The Japan Foundation, Manila and the UP Film Institute present “SINE目ME: Personal Documentaries from/on Japan” on 17-21 February 2020 at the UPFI Film Center.
SINE目ME, is a program of ten diary films, explores the double-meaning of ME and the formal and aesthetic strategies of implicating oneself in narrating one’s immediate social world. ME, in English, is synonymous with I, the subject regarding oneself as an object, and in Japanese (目), the same two letters refer to the eyes and connote the act of looking and seeing.
SINE目ME features six films that plot the artistic milestones and the historical development of Japanese personal documentary filmmaking from 1974 to 2014. The works come from very diverse personalities, wrought by artists using different media, including Super 8, analog video, and the digital camera.
Four films of the program are National Artist Kidlat Tahimik’s engagement with Japanese culture, documenting his sojourns to Japan, the friendships he has formed in the process, and the art he has produced as a result of his travels.
Though varied and widely different in styles and approaches, these films demonstrate how the intimate connection between the filming subject’s eyes and the camera is capable of expressing one’s unique view of the world and articulating both universal and mundane experiences, like waking up mornings or spending time with family, in poignant ways.
Feb 17 Mon
5:00 PM Japanese Summers + Some More Rice
7:00 PM Our Bomb Mission to Hiroshima + Takadera mon Amour
Feb 18 Tue
5:00 PM Family Return + The Cheese and the Worms
7:00 PM Cloud, Insect, Wire, Fence
Feb 19 Wed
2:00 PM Japanese Summers + Some More Rice
5:00 PM Extreme Private Eros
7:00 PM Impressions of a Sunset + Embracing
Feb 20 Thur
5:00 PM Impressions of a Sunset + Embracing
7:00 PM Family Return + The Cheese and the Worms
Feb 21 Fri
2:00 PM Our Bomb Mission to Hiroshima + Takadera mon Amour
5:00 PM Cloud, Insect, Wire, Fence (with panel discussion) (free)
7:00 PM Extreme Private Eros
Ticket : P100
Register at www.tinyurl.com/SINEMEUPFI to secure your seat.
This event is open to the public.