2004-07-14 | “Women Living in Religion” Screening

As part of the “Japanese and Religion” seminar taking place at the Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum, Yamagata city, this special program features screenings of two religion-themed documentaries.

“Women Living in Religion” Screening

July 24 (Sat) 12:40
August 7 (Sat) 12:40
Dir: Anat Zuria
ISRAEL / 2002 / Hebrew, English / Color / Video / 63 min

An examination of Jewish religious married life and sexuality. Scenes of a family participating in a sacred purification ritual, the struggles of women in a male-dominated society, and relationships and sex dictated by religious commandments. Women state their opinions frankly to the camera, challenging the 2,000-year-old taboos of Jewish religious law. The rich countenances of the women and the serene images of water are unforgettable.

July 31 (Sat) 12:40
August 21 (Sat) 12:40
Perpetual Motion
Dir: Sakhya Byamba
MONGOLIA / 2002 / Mongolian / Color / Video / 55 min

A temple in the suburbs of Ulaanbaatar is home to young orphan girls. A railway track runs near by. Far away, auburn hills loom. The girls help with religious ceremonies, read books, study English and skip rope. The temple is saturated with a parched tranquility. Like a temporary station, the only references to the outside world are the sounds of an occasional train passing and radio commentary about the economic imperialism of foreign corporations. A philosophical poem that quotes Matsuo Basho, Kobayashi Issa and Ryokan.

[Venue] Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum (023-695-2221)
[Admission] Free
[Presented by] Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum, YIDFF Organizing Committee
[Contact] phone: 023-666-4480 (YIDFF Yamagata Office)