I Want To Go Home
A tender portrait of hope and belief that lingers in its elegiac beats and quiet compassion.
International PremiereSingapore, Japan / 2017 / 60MIN / Japanese
On March 11, 2011, Yasuo Takamatsu lost his wife in the tsunami during the Great East Japan earthquake. Since that fateful day, he has been diving in the sea every week in search for her. I Want To Go Home is a journey of one man’s determination to reunite with his wife and fulfill her final wish.
A deep emotional connection to Takamatsu’s story sparked filmmaker Wesley Leon Aroozoo’s first foray into documentary filmmaking. There is a lyrical rhythm that emerges from his handheld approach, accompanying Takamatsu as he makes the perilous, desperate dives into the watery depths. With Aroozoo’s gentle and sensitive direction, accompanied by Harry and Henry Zhuang’s gorgeously rendered animation, we see the the delicate sadness and inexorable yearning that dwells with the loss of a loved one.
Cast & Credits
Wesley Leon Aroozoo is a filmmaker and lecturer based in Singapore. He has a Master of Fine Arts from New York University Tisch Asia. His short films have been screened at international film festivals including International Film Festival Rotterdam. In addition to the documentary, I Want To Go Home is also a published novel.
Ho Shengjuan, Wesley Leon Aroozoo