The Open of the Eyes

 The new film The Open of the Eyes (tentative title) by Kenichi Sawasaki, the director of the film The Garden in Movement, is a documentary film that documents various human activities in Africa and Southeast Asia, where researchers Ueru Tanaka (Environmental Agriculture, Soil Science, Regional Development Theory) and Takao Shimizu (Cultural Anthropology, African Area Studies) conducted their research. This is a film about the creativity of the act of “watching a film” and is scheduled to be released around the end of 2020.
 The film is narrated by two people. There is a cameraman who tweets his own experiences while documenting the activities of researchers around the world, and then there is the viewer who contemplates while watching the images recorded by this cameraman. Through the intersection of the words of the two who are trying to read their own visual experiences creatively, the eyes for looking at various human activities at the level of visual representation will be formed.

* Currently, only the Japanese version is available.

Japan, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Kenya, Vietnam | Approx. 85 minutes | HD | 2020(planned to be)

Cast : Ueru Tanaka, Takao Shimizu
Directed, photographed, edited and produced by :
Kenichi Sawazaki
Planning and Production : Living Montage
Grant:The Toyota Foundation、Japan Arts Foundation

#Kenichi Sawazaki #Ueru Tanaka #Takao Shimizu

The Garden in Movement

A documentary film based on the concept of The Garden in Movement advocated by French gardener Gilles Clément, who is widely known for his garden at the Musée du Quai Branly, André Citroën Park, Henri Matisse Park, etc. The film premiered at Yebisu Garden Cinema at the 8th Yebisu Film Festival in February 2016, and has since been theatrically shown at cinemas in Japan and abroad.

* Subtitles are in Japanese and French only.

2016 | France-Japan | 85 minutes | HD | French, English, Japanese

Cast : Gilles Clément, Emmanuel Marès, Tomoki Yamauchi
Directed, photographed, edited and produced by :
Kenichi Sawazaki
Production and subtitles : Emmanuel Marès
Colorist : Masae Kariya
Assistant camera : Yushi Yanohara
Sound mixing : Masaya Kuranuki
Adviser : Tomoki Yamauchi
Flyer/Catalog Design : Shinichi Wade
Co-produced by : Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, MISUZU Shobo, Ltd.


#Kenichi Sawazaki #Emmanuel Marès