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I Have No Memory of My Direction

by Midi Onodera
Canada / 77:00 / 2005
sound / colour

“I Have No Memory of My Direction” is a feature-length experimental narrative. The story unfolds through a Canadian-born Japanese woman’s voice-over as she dreams her way though Japan. Ostensibly searching for an emotional connection with her aging father, the woman contemplates her own inherited culture and familial touchstones. Her North American pop-culture sensibility fuses with a distorted Japanese perspective to create a surreal interpretation of a “Japan of the imagination.” This fictional landscape is peppered with invented Japanese myths, ruminations on memory loss, the temporal space of digital photography and the ghosts of inherited imagination.

DVD version available for institutional purchase. Special features: study guide, interview with the director, photographs.

Read a review by Kristin W. Springer in the on-line journal “Films for the Feminist Classroom” at: http://www.signs.rutgers.edu/rev_kws_film_1-1.html

Exhibition Formats

  • Beta SP NTSC

Category

  • film studies
  • media studies
  • multicultural
  • work by/about women

Genre

  • experimental
  • narrative
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