Sakura: An Archetypal Journey
24:51 min. / 2018
This film has been screened at film events and film festivals in Japan, The Netherlands, Russia, Turkey and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sakura: An Archetypal Journey was developed in 2018 while in residence at the 3331 Arts Chiyoda residence program in Tokyo, Japan.
In the essay film 'Sakura: An Archetypal Journey' the filmmaker unravels the hidden meanings in Japanese culture. This experimental film collects footage recorded in Japan and presents it in collage-like form. 'Sakura: An Archetypal Journey' ties the various segments together with music and an outsider voice-over narration, which ponders topics such as history, philosophy, technology and reflects on multiple systems and traditions of Japanese society.
Central to the film’s narrative of the journey from birth is its use of Japan’s iconic springtime cherry blossom. In the film it is used as a metaphor for life itself, something celebrated for its beautiful ephemerality. ‘Sakura: An Archetypal Journey’ works like a poem whereby it is shaped and edited in a controlled form.