Celebrated Japanese-Latvian documentary to be presented at JCCCNC

Ruch and Norie

What: Screening of documentary film “Ruch and Norie”
Date: Sunday, June 12, 2016
Time: 4:00pm
Location: Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC), 1840 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
Price: $12.00 ($13.41 w/service fee)
Buy Tickets Online: http://wwww.brownpapertickets.com/event/2557524

On Sunday, June 12th at 4PM, an extraordinary human interest documentary is going to be screened at the JCCCNC. “Ruch and Norie” (2015) is a unique Latvian-Japanese production that has become an absolute favorite of international film experts and audiences alike and is currently being screened at the European Union Film Festival in Singapore and other international film festivals. It has won four national film awards, including the Best Documentary. The event is supported by the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco and its main purpose is to reflect on Japanese culture, its challenges and interaction with other cultures and promote the understanding of transnational Japanese persona. The event will also serve as an unprecedented cultural exchange of the Bay Area Japanese, Latvian and other communities giving everyone a chance to meet people of their own and other backgrounds.

Link to the ticket site: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2557524

More information and movie trailer: www.devini.lv

 

About the film

“Ruch and Norie” is a heart-warming story about a phenomenal friendship between a Japanese girl Norie and 82 year old woman nicknamed Ruch from the Suiti ethnographic community in Latvia (Northern Europe). The protagonist and narrator of the film is Norie Tsuruta, who comes from Kyoto to Alsunga in Latvia to study Suiti for her Master’s thesis in Anthropology. But soon her academic interest transforms into something she never expected – a strong bond with the oldest member of the community she sees the reflection of her deceased grandmother in. Now Norie wishes she had two bodies to be in Japan and with Ruch at the same time. Through both characters, the documentary highlights the hardships their friendship has to go through and important human qualities that help to maintain it making this a universal story about the beauty of human relationship.

Along the personal side of the story, the subjects of cultural heritage preservation and the place of Japanese culture and traditions in a global and changing world are also addressed in the film. As Norie’s best friend Akiko puts it, “Norie is the person to make a film about. She cares about Japanese traditions and values a lot. She even lives in the historical Japanese style house which is not done by many nowadays.” This is a story about a young Japanese in a borderless world from a fresh and unusual perspective focusing on her thoughts and experiences.

As early as in the project stage, “Ruch and Norie” generated wide international interest. It was one of the 15 projects selected by the European-Asian documentary workshop “Crossing Borders” in South Korea and pitched to major broadcasting companies (BBC, PBSi, Discovery, Al-Jazeera, etc). The film was shot in various locations in Japan (Aichi, Kyoto a.o.) and Latvia (Riga, Alsunga). It was supported by both Embassy of Latvia in Japan and Embassy of Japan in Latvia as well as the Latvian company “Stenders” store in Japan, private enterprises and individual crowdfunders in USA and Europe.

Link to the ticket site: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2557524

More information and movie trailer: www.devini.lv