With NOBU we made a personal portrait of a lighthearted Japanese immigrant,
trying to add humour to a fashion film and optimism to the dutch debate on integration.
NOBU arose from conversations about engagement in art. Lisa and I were surprised about how social involvement in stories is almost automatically linked to melancholy. In addition, fashion films often have a tendency not to tell a single story at all, but rather to be a collection of moving images. Often with young models looking angry at the camera. We saw a challenge to combine aesthetics with humor and engagement with light-footedness. We wanted to capture the complexity of migration in a portrait of a migrant who has never experienced migration as complex.
Director Sarah Blok
Concept & Fashion Lisa Konno
Cinematography Marc Slings
Production Sara Liz van Til
Distribution Hidde de Vries
02/05/2018 FC Hyena Amsterdam
16/08/2018 Foam Amsterdam during the Structures of Identity
14/10/2018 Tropenmuseum Amsterdam during Cool Japan Weekend
20/10/2018 Dutch Design Week Eindhoven
03/11/2018 Tropenmuseum Amsterdam during Museumnacht
28/11/2018 Eindhovens Film Festival