Since her emergence in the 1990s, Naomi Kawase has cemented herself as one of the most respected and adroit filmmakers of contemporary Japanese cinema. Her films are a window into the inner worlds of nature and humanity, illuminating the quiet humanism that is present in all our lives. She has made more than 30 documentary and fiction works that have been lauded by critics, festivals and audiences all over.
Co-organised with the Japan Creative Centre, as part of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Singapore in 2016.

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    / National Museum of Singapore*
    *Filmmaker in Attendance

    Culinary and human passions are sensitively threaded together in Kawase’s much loved treatise on the healing power of empathy.

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    / National Museum of Singapore

    A raw and delicate treatise on birth and femininity, told through the journeys of several women in their quests to give life.

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    The Mourning Forest

    / National Museum of Singapore

    Two people lose themselves in an ethereal forest of grief in this eloquent deliberation on what it means to be alive.

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    Still the Water

    / National Museum of Singapore

    The turbulence of human relations escalates, explodes and settles in tandem with the waves and weather in Kawase’s naturalistic portrait of youth.

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    / National Museum of Singapore

    This love letter to Kawase’s hometown is a sublime and tender contemplation of familial strength and gripping humanity.