Director: Maiko Endo, 2011, 76 min.
North American Premiere
Gorgeous yet audacious documentary images of Koza—a town in Okinawa, Japan that is not quite Japanese and not quite American—are filmed in 16mm by Sean Price Williams in Maiko Endo’s breathtaking directorial debut. The camera spies on Eléonore Hendricks, an ill-at-ease American wanderer, and follows a solemn 10-year-old boy who observes in wonder from afar. The little boy also partakes in enchanted mob rituals with other abandoned children as the film pushes the boundaries of magic, nature, observation and alienation.