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Spotlight on Naomi Kawase

Naomi Kawase was only 27 when she won the Camera d’Or at Cannes for her independently produced debut Suzaku (Moe no suzaku) in 1997. Reaffirming her reputation with Shara (Sharasojyu) in 2003, she is now recognized as one of Japan’s leading directors. This reputation was solidly confirmed on the international stage when she won the Grand Jury prize in Cannes 2007 for The Mourning Forest (Mogari no mori).

This program is copresented with the Institute for Advanced Study Film Collaborative and the Consortium for the Study of the Asias, University of Minnesota.

Kawase’s documentary Sky, Wind, Fire, Earth (Kya Ka Ra Ba A) will be screened at the at the University of Minnesota on Friday, March 28, at 3:30 pm at 155 Nicholson Hall, 216 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit,