Saturday November 8, 5pm WAAM Film Event: “Eat the Kimono” directed Clair Hunt and Kim Longinotto


Eat the Kimono
A film by Claire Hunt and Kim Longinotto
In Japanese with English subtitles (60 minutes)
Saturday, November 8, 5pm

$8/$5 (WAAM members)

Eat the Kimono is a brilliant documentary about Hanayagi Genshu, a Japanese feminist and avant-garde dancer and performer, who has spent her life defying her conservative culture’s contempt for independence and unconventionality. As a dance student, Genshu achieved notoriety when she stabbed her teacher, the owner of a famous dance school, and spent eight months in jail for the attack. She also denounced Emperor Hirohito as a war criminal, and dismissed death threats made against her by right-wing groups. Eat the Kimono follows Genshu, as she tours various cities in Japan.”You mustn’t be eaten by the kimono,” says Genshu, making reference to the traditional Japanese dress designed to restrict movement for women, “You must eat the kimono, and gobble it up.” 

Eat the Kimono will be shown at the Canadian International Documentary Film Festival in 2015.

“A feast of contrasts- past and present, ritual
and instinct, urban wealth and rural poverty:
a fascinating biography… handled with immense skill and sensitivity.” -Angela Sweeney Independent Media


WAAM Dialogues are made possible with support
from the New York State Council on the Arts and
the Milton & Sally Avery Foundation

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