Programmer: Gertjan Zuilhof might one day decide he is a maker of silly drawings, but for the moment he considers himself a serious film programmer and art curator.
Programme Description: The programme features the perspectives of filmmakers entrenched in Southeast Asian communities foreign from their own. The title is a reference to the book by Noël Burch, albeit without the sole focus on Japanese cinema.
A poetic travelogue of Vietnam exploring the cross-cultural complexities between the observer and the observed. The film is sensitive and impressionist, but also stops to examine the problems of an intercultural approach. How do we look at the other and how do they look at us?
A young Belgian film student is a guest in a country she does not speak the language of, but that does not stop her from discovering the hidden miracles of Hanoi.
Yangon is a city in the throes of rapid economic growth, even as lingering patches of the old cityscape remain. A Japanese businessman is thrust in the middle when he is sent there to lead a railroad development project.