“It is through poetry that this masterpiece inspires a broadening of the mind to understand others better.” - Ecumenical Jury, Cannes Film Festival Prize


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Live Panel: Empathy and Education (Films RADIANCE and WALLAY)

Friday May 7 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (Seattle time)
Educator James H. Williams, UNESCO Chair in International Education for Development and Professor George Washington University
WALLAY Film Director Berni Goldblat

SEFF

Awards

• Winner Ecumenical Jury Prize - Cannes Film Festival

Synopsis

Renowned Japanese auteur Naomi Kawase’s lyrically beautiful film reawakens our sense of wonder at our human experience and our human connection to one another in a moving love story. The story revolves around the relationship between Misako, a young video transcriber of films for the visually impaired who meets Nakamori, a famous photographer who is losing his eyesight. She struggles to put herself in his shoes, and of those she writes for, failing often and having to try harder. He cooks for them in his apartment, and, as she grabs his salt and pepper shakers, she asks him: “How do you know which is which?” To which he replies: “Don’t touch them!” Their relationship becomes closer as he pushes her towards deeper empathy and as they both struggle with loss and the challenge of reinventing their worlds. Kawase delicately encourages us to see and experience life in a different way. It’s also an ode to impermanence, loss and love. While sand slips through her fingers, she thinks: “Nothing is more beautiful than what disappears before our eyes.” This film escapes the confines of a traditional review. It is truly hard to describe and must be experienced. A film to see and resee.

About the director

Naomi Kawase grew up in rural Japan. She won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes for THE MOURNING FOREST (2007). Her other highly lauded films include STILL THE WATER (2014) and SWEET BEAN (2015).

You can rent (for free) the films again after your watch window for the rental ends.

Original Title

Hikari

Director

Naomi Kawase

Country

Japan

Bonus Content

Trailer Cinematic Spaces in Education Film Festivalette
3 mins

Trailer of the seventh edition of the CIES 2021 Education Film Festivalette.