-Year: 2015, Duration: 29 min, Production: Japan/Estonia/Germany
-Composer: Reison Kuroda, Animator: Miki Tanaka, Subtitle: Valerie Clemson, Design: Shingo Fujiya, Director/Producer/Editor: Akio Yuguchi
-Award: Nominated for Silver Eye Award / East Silver Caravan (Jihlava IDFA, Czech)
-Screening:Fisura, Experimental Cinema International Film Festival, Mexico (Jan, 2021), The 2020 Film and Video Poetry Symposium, U.S. (Nov, 2020), Pravo Ljudski Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina (May 2020), International Arts Festival Tranås, Sweden (July, 2019), Shared Sight Throw Back, Romania (Feb 2019), Videopoesía, Argentina (November 2018), Single Frame, U.S. (Apr 2018), Shared Sight: International Short Film Festival, Romania (Sep 2017), Pravo Ljudski Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Nov 2016)
'homecoming’ recounts Akio Yuguchi's journey back into his homeland after 5 years' absence. The film is a letter of condolence to his father, who lives in Japan in a high-risk area for earthquakes/tsunamis.
The miracle of documentary cinema is when a director makes a film about his sister, his family, his longing and somebody in the audience thinks: “this film is about me, about my father and my sister”. This miracle is the ultimate goal of a documentary film maker.
And this what happened with me when I watched ‘homecoming’. [...]
The directors’s letter to the father who lives at the other side of the world, in Japan, in different culture has a strong potential to reach hearts and souls and enables us to think about our own personal histories. And this is what documentary cinema is about. Audrius Stonys, 2015