A film about Aguni’s “bone washing” wins top award at Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia

A film about Aguni’s “bone washing” wins top award at Short Shorts Film Festival  & Asia

A scene from the film “born, bone, bo-on” directed by Gori.

June 12, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 11 at the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2017 held in Tokyo and Yokohama from June 1st, a film “born, bone, bo-on,” which was directed by Gori of Garage Sale won the top award in the Official Competition Japan category. The film deals with the theme of “bone washing,” a traditional custom on Aguni Island. The film won out of 333 applicants. Gori expressed his joy, “For me, this is a happier moment than Daigo Higa’s achievement on the World Championship.”

“bo-on” is a short comedy filmed on Aguni Island. It is a story involving a separated family reconnecting through Aguni’s traditional custom of “bone washing.”

The film festival began in 1999. In 2004, the Academy Awards in the U.S. officially recognized it as an accredited film festival. The Grand Prix is selected among top awards. Grand Prix becomes nominated as a candidate for the next year’s Academy Awards’ Short Film Section. Although “bo-on” missed out on the Grand Prix, it was highly esteemed in the biggest short film festival in Asia.

Receiving the news about the award, Gori said, “Rather than being my achievement, Aguni Island which carefully maintains the custom of bone washing let me win. I would like to continue making films set in Okinawa and disseminate the treasure of Okinawa to many people.” Judges included film director Nobuhiko Obayashi.

At the same film festival, in 2012, director Tsukasa Kishimoto from Nago City won a top award in “Tabi Shiyoto! Project Section.”

(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana) 

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