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 dir. Wesley Leon Aroozoo
2017 | Singapore, Japan | Documentary | In Japanese with English subtitles
61 min | PG 

On March 11, 2011, Yasuo Takamatsu lost his wife in the tsunami during the Great East Japan earthquake. Since that fateful day, he has been diving in the sea every week in search of her. I WANT TO GO HOME is a journey of one man’s determination to reunite with his wife and fulfill her final wish.

Through Takamatsu’s story, this documentary explores the ideas of loss and recovery in unexpected disasters, dwelling on that catastrophic moment and asking “Would she be alive if I’d picked her up from the bank where she was working? What should I have done?” He tries to accept her death and find the strength to recover from his bereavement. Many survivors have left the town to forget their painful memories, but he remains, searching for his wife’s body among the debris. In the process, he sometimes returns some of the everyday things he finds to their owners. In the end, this documentary becomes one about recovery and love.

 dir. Lei Yuan Bin
2015 | Singapore | Documentary | In Japanese with English subtitles
9 min | G 

An Autumn Afternoon modestly documents, an autumn afternoon visiting master Japanese film director Ozu Yasujiro’s grave in Kita-Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Methodical in his documentation, with ravishing yet simple details, Lei Yuan Bin has created a pean to Ozu himself, utilising much of the same trademark rigorous style of static shots that capture moments of transcendence in places and everyday objects. A simple day out in the crisp autumn air is conveyed with equal parts economy and poetry.


The screening will be followed by a 30-minute dialogue with directors Wesley Leon Aroozoo and Lei Yuan Bin.


Aroozoo Wesley Leon

Wesley is a full-time lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts and a multi-disciplinary practitioner with 13 Little Pictures. In 2017, his debut feature film I WANT TO GO HOME, a recipient of the Tokyo Filmex Grant, World Premiered at the prestigious Busan International Film Festival and contested in the Wide Angle Documentary Competition, one of only ten films selected for the category.

In 2015, Wesley was commissioned by the Asian Film Archive to direct a film for the Fragments Anthology alongside acclaimed directors such as Lav Diaz and Tan Chui Mui. Wesley’s previous 14 short films have been awarded and screened in over 100 festivals.

Wesley is a published author with two novels, produced playwright with plays such as BEDOK RESERVOIR staged at the Goodman Arts Centre and with script work for Mediacorp.

He is a graduate with a Master of Fine Arts from New York University Tisch Asia and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Nanyang Technological University.

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