Tim GRAF is a Ph.D. candidate at Heidelberg University (Religious Studies), and a Ph.D. candidate and Research Associate at Tohoku University (School of Law). He worked as a Research Associate at the Collaborative Research Center Ritual Dynamics at Heidelberg University and conducted fieldwork as a JSPS fellow at the University of Tokyo. His research interests focus on transformations of Buddhism in contemporary Japan and more broadly deal with the interplay of religious practice and modern social change.
The idea of complementing his dissertation project with a documentary film by implementing methods of Visual Anthropology is inspired by Tim’s interest in new approaches of “Material Religion.” He started cooperating with friend and cinematographer Jakob Montrasio in 2010. Besides capturing rituals and events throughout the year 2011, Tim was accompanied by Jakob and sound recordist Rüdiger Wolff for the main shoot in summer.