Screen/Society--Cine-East [Japan]--"Oyster Factory"
(Kazuhiro Sôda, 2016, 145 min, Japan, in Japanese w/ English Subtitles, Color, DVD)
-- Introduced by Prof. Leo Ching (AMES)!
Oyster Factory (Kaki Kouba) is a feature length documentary that observes and depicts the rich and complex world of small oyster factories including its fishermen and workers. The film closely follows their daily lives, which seem uneventful on the surface, but are facing some gradual, inevitable changes because of the depopulation of their town and globalization.
“Oyster Factory dredges up the dreams and fears of Japan’s rural workers” -- Mark Schilling, The Japan Times
”New York-based Kazuhiro Soda's documentary reveals more of Japan's social problems through stories of struggling workers at provincial shellfish processing plants.” -- Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter
Cost: Free and open to the public
Sponsors: The Asian/Pacific Studies Institute (APSI), the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI), and the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES).