Special Screening and Press Conference
with director Naomi Kawase,
athlete Guem Abraham and Okinawa official Satoru Miyazato
10:00-14:00, Tuesday, June 21, 2022
(The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation)
Film screening of "Tokyo Olympics: Side B": 10:00* – 12:00
*Note morning start time
Press conference: 13:00 – 14:00
Official film of The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 SIDE B
In Multilanguage with English subtitles only
International Olympic Committee, 2022 124 minutes
Film courtesy of Toho
Official films of the Olympic Games have been produced since the Stockholm Summer Games in 1912. Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Naomi Kawase was selected to document the 2020 Tokyo Games, and after the pandemic forced a yearlong postponement, she eventually amassed 5,000 hours of footage over 750 days, including coverage of 33 sports and 339 events.
The enormity of the undertaking, and Kawase's stated intention to focus not only on the athletics but on the behind-the-scenes politics, resulted in the creation of a two-part work: "Official Film of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Side A," which is currently in Japanese theaters, and "Official Film of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Side B," to be released on June 24.
With "Side A," Kawase explores the emotional toll of the Games for a range of participants and their families, focusing primarily on several athletes who are also new mothers, political refugees or living in challenging circumstances, as well as on groundbreakers in their respective sports, which dovetails with themes the filmmaker is known for.
"Side B" is expected to explore the behind-the-scenes controversies of the Tokyo Olympics, including demonstrations during the run-up to the Games, the resignation of organizing committee head Yoshiro Mori, and the unprecedented postponement of the Games to avert a public health crisis.
For more (in Japanese): https://tokyo2020-officialfilm.jp
Director NAOMI KAWASE is acclaimed for a range of award-winning films, beginning with her Camera d'Or from the Cannes Film Festival for her feature debut, "Suzaku" (1997). A decade later, she won the Cannes Grand Prix for "The Mourning Forest," and in 2009, received the festival's Golden Coach lifetime achievement award. Her films have been selected for Cannes a record nine times. Kawase is also active as a documentary and commercials director, and mentors young filmmakers through the Nara International Film Festival, which she cofounded in her hometown.
Athlete GUEM ABRAHAM is a middle-distance runner from South Sudan who was stranded in Maebashi, Japan for 21 months during the pandemic, after participating in a training camp. He was selected for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and was the flag bearer for his nation in the opening ceremony.
Okinawa official SATORU MIYAZATO is president of the Okinawa Prefecture Association of Towns and Villages. He began his career with the Zamami Village Office and is currently serving his fourth term as Zamami mayor. He has also held positions in a range of Okinawa organizations and councils. He carried the 2020 Tokyo Olympics torch in Okinawa.
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アブラハム・グエム選手 陸上 南スーダン代表
宮里 哲、沖縄県町村会会長 座間味村長
Karen Severns, Film Committee (with PAC assistance)