Tokyo Waka - Special Film Screening

Kristine Samuelson, Edward Clark Crossett Professor of Humanistic Studies, Department of Art and Art History,Stanford University
John Haptas, Documentary film editor


Followed by Q&A with filmmakers Kris Samuelson and John Haptas

TOKYO WAKA is a 63-minute documentary essay about Tokyo’s crows, with digressions into art, history, and culture.  It is a poem about Tokyo and its people, and the relentless tenacity of nature in a most unnatural world.

Tokyo.  A resilient metropolis endlessly creating itself anew.  Nature seems to have been banished, yet there is a parallel population living in Tokyo alongside its citizens.  Crows are everywhere, perched on buildings, trees, and power lines, watching the activity beneath them, participating when they choose.  Some 20,000 crows roam the city, commuting through the sky along their own traffic corridors. The 13 million people of Tokyo, who prefer their nature mediated and under control, have been stared down by an avatar of the unruly natural world.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011 | 5:00 pm — 6:30 pm
Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building

Film and Media Studies Program
Center for East Asian Studies