Environmental Film Fest: Summer Series

Little Forest: Summer/Autumn (Part 1)

Expired March 22, 2021 11:00 PM
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Co-presented with the Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan

A two-part adaptation of an original story from progressive manga artist Igarashi Daisuke (Witches, Children of the Sea). Igarashi, who combines folklore and nature with bold surrealism, has earned comparisons to Hayao Miyazaki.

Four sections released in two parts depict the changing seasons in a verdant hamlet in northeastern Tohoku region. Portrays the daily life of a heroine who lives off the land, while depicting the harsh reality of rural life.

Ichiko (Hashimoto Ai) can't adjust to life in the city and returns to her tiny village in Komori, Iwate. With no supermarkets or convenience stores nearby, she embarks on a self-sufficient lifestyle made possible through farming and foraging. She grows her own crops and makes meals out of seasonal foods gathered from the neighboring mountains and fields.

Part 2, which takes place during winter and spring, will be screened online in April through the JICC—just in time for DC's cherry blossom season. Please stay tuned!

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    111 minutes
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    Mori Junichi