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Title Water children / Zeppers Film presents in coproduction with VPRO ; a film by Aliona van der Horst ; director, Aliona van der Horst ; producer, Frank van den Engel.

Imprint New York : Women Make Movies, 2011.

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 Moore Video  QP251 .W38 2011    Available  Ask at Circulation Desk
Description 1 DVD (75 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
System Details DVD-R; NTSC; all regions; 16:9 widescreen; stereo. soundtrack.
Language In English, Japanese and Dutch with English subtitles.
Performer With: Tomoko Mukaiyama.
Credits Cinematographers, Maasja Ooms, Aliona van der Horst ; editor, Maasja Ooms ; music, J.S. Bach, Tomoko Mukaiyama.
Note Originally released as a motion picture in 2011.
Summary In Japan, dead babies are commemorated in a mythological ritual and known as water children. Because they never had an opportunity to carry out good deeds, they are unable to cross the underworld river and are trapped in stone figurines on a riverbank. Filmmaker Aliona van der Horst followed the unconventional Japanese-Dutch pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama. There came a moment in the pianist's life when she recognized that an end will come to her capacity to have children. Mukaiyama created a multimedia art project on the subject in a village in Japan. She made what she calls a cathedral, constructed out of 12,000 white silk dresses. She invites women to take a dress, wear it, stain it with menstrual blood (or, as she so poetically puts it, "moon blood") and hang it back up. Female visitors to this fabric cathedral meet here to talk about issues surrounding fertility and infertility. Van der Horst tells the story from her own perspective. We also hear from other women who talk about their experiences with miscarriages, children, or thoughts about fertility and sexuality. Ultimately, it turns out that the filmmaker herself had a powerful personal reason for making this dreamlike, poetic film.
Terms Of Use Rider University has limited public performance rights for this title. "[P]ublic performance rights for organizational or library use by the acquiring institution for non-paying audiences only"--
Local Note Rider University has public performance rights (PPR) for this title. See "Terms of use" for more details or contact the electronic resources librarian.
Subject Mukaiyama, Tomoko.
Human reproduction -- Psychological aspects.
Fertility, Human -- Psychological aspects.
Infertility, Female -- Psychological aspects.
Menstruation -- Psychological aspects.
Childlessness -- Psychological aspects.
Installations (Art) -- Japan.
Pregnancy -- Psychological aspects.
Childlessness -- Psychological aspects.
Infertility, Female -- Psychological aspects.
Installations (Art)
Menstruation -- Psychological aspects.
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Nonfiction films.
Documentary films.
Nonfiction films.
DVD-Video discs.
Added Author Horst, Aliona van der.
Engel, Frank van den.
Mukaiyama, Tomoko.
Zeppers Film & TV.
Women Make Movies (Firm)
ISBN 9789461870407