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Director: Haruka Motohashi

Duration: 10 min 17 sec

Genres: Documentary, Experimental, Short

Language: Japanese

Country: United States

Submitted By: Haruka Motohashi

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Nostalgia for Tokyo is an artistic short documentary about a 2022’s trip in which an expatriate Japanese director comes back to her hometown Tokyo to see her hospitalized mother.

While her mother becomes deeply sick during the director’s stay, the film continues to depict everyday activities on the street by utilizing analogue 35mm film imagery and digital camera together, sharing the director's contemplation on mother, memory and home.

  • Director
    Haruka Motohashi
  • Producer
    Haruka Motohashi
  • Camera/Edit
    Toyoko Motohashi
  • Camera/Edit
    oshua Eichenbaum
  • Camera/Edit
    Tilemahos G Koutsogeorgas
  • Camera/Edit
    Haruka Motohashi
  • Film Type
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres
    Aging, Japan, Women
  • Runtime
    10 minutes 17 seconds
  • Production Budget
    2000 USD
  • Country of Origin
    United States
  • Country of Filming
  • Film Language
  • Shooting Format
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Film Color
    Black & White and Color
  • Student Project
  • First-time Filmmaker

Director's Biography

Haruka Motohashi is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. She also works as a colorist and an editor, based in New York City. Born in Tokyo.
Her documentaries have been screened at numerous Film Festivals: Her short film Back Home was screened at DOC NYC 2019, won the best documentary at Big Muddy Film Festival (IL, USA) 2018, and has been picked up by a French distributor.
Haruka’s documentaries interweave intimate, personal, and cultural memories with deeply artistic visuals, reflecting on her background in visual art practice.
Currently she is working on a documentary utilizing 35mm film images and digital camera together that echoes with the feeling of nostalgia for her hometown Tokyo.
She holds an MFA in film from the City College of New York and a BFA in Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


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