-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: 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