Filmmaker Aliona van der Horst followed the trail of the unconventional Dutch-Japanese pianist and artist Tomoko Mukaiyama who made a huge work of art on the theme of womanhood and fertility. She created a cathedral-like space out of twelve thousand white silk dresses in which visitors, as in a ritual, roamed around and fell silent. And where people confessed intimate details about children who were or were not born, about sexuality and life-choices. This resulted in a majestic epic about motherhood, miscarriages and menopause. In a visual and poetic way, the film penetrates into what is probably still one of the greatest of taboos, menstruation, and, as a consequence, touches upon universal themes around life and death.
Director: Aliona van der Horst
Camera, Editing: Aliona van der Horst, Maasjom Ooms
Sound: Leo Erken, Rik Meijer
Music: Tomoko Mukaiyama
Production: Zeppers Film+TV, emitovan na televiziji VPRO
Festivals and Awards:
Special Mention Golden Dove Doc Leipzig 2011, DOXA Vancouver Feature Documentary award 2012, Opening EDOC festival, opening Cairo Women Documentary festival