Sharing insights into the challenges and ethics of making documentaries.

A seminar by Katsumi Sakaguchi, director of over 200 documentaries and three acclaimed feature films.

Date: 12 March 2016, Sat
Time: 11am – 1pm
Venue: Workshop Space, Objectifs
Admission:  Entry by donation (Registration is required via

Katsumi Sakaguchi is one of Japan’s most talented filmmakers, effortlessly traversing fiction and fact with numerous documentaries and three acclaimed feature films under his belt. His works have covered topics ranging from the plight of aged victims of the atomic bomb in Nagasaki, to troubled youths in Japan, making him a tremendously insightful commentator on modern Japanese society. His films have travelled to international film festivals such as the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, and Vienna International Film Festival. His latest feature-length documentary, ‘Walking With My Mother’, premiered at the Tokyo International Film Festival, and will be screened as part of the Stories That Matter line up of films.

Drawing on his extensive body of work, Sakaguchi will speak about the craft and ethics of creating documentaries, including how to define a topic and how to create powerful messages that will impact an audience.

This seminar precedes the screening of ‘Walking With My Mother’, where there will be a post-screening discussion with the director. (Sakaguchi will be speaking in Japanese during the seminar and post-screening discussion. Japanese-English translation will be provided.)

To sign up for the screening of ‘Walking With My Mother’, visit

For more information about Stories That Matter, visit

 About Katsumi Sakaguchi

Sakaguchi has made more than 200 documentaries dealing with the problems of young people and families in difficult circumstances as TV director and producer. He has written and directed three feature films and one documentary film. BLUE TOWER (2000 /Silver Award at the 2001 Houston IFF, Mar del Plata IFF, Vienna IFF etc.) portrays a young man suffering from self-inflicted isolation and CATHARSIS (2002, Munich IFF, Vienna IFF etc.) portrays a boy who committed a crime. Both are independent films, made on very low budgets but both films were very well received at festivals and had theatrical releases in Japan and Germany. SLEEP (2011, IFF Rotterdam, Chicago IFF etc.) portrays the despair and rebirth of a girl who was born as a result of the rape of her mother. The film received a rave review in Screen International. A chief critic Mark Adams said, “SLEEP is an impressively subversive and grim tale, but also well made and disturbingly watchable”. “Atomic Bomb Home” (2012, with a 6 week long run in Tokyo) is a documentary about aged Atomic-bomb victims in Nagasaki who pass down the message of the preciousness of peace to younger generations. His latest film A DANCE FOR BLUE WHALES (2015) is the silent film about two sisters who try to rebuild a house after they lost their family and a house with tsunami disaster. All of Sakaguchi’s films portray the people living in the dark corners of society through a unique perspective and visual style. Since making SLEEP, he has also worked as cinematographer.