81FILM – Snowdrop Flower

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These profoundly moving meditations on life, love and loss in the corona era were inspired by the devastating effects of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan. 

As ward-winning director Kensaku Kakimoto reflected the devastating results, he realized that when unprecedented events take place, whether a natural disaster or a pandemic, there is no fairness in the distribution of tragedy for some. 

In Snowdrop Flower, two young brothers in rural Mongolia search for a folk remedy after their mother contracts COVID during a trek into the city. Directed by Bat-Amgalan Lkhagvajav, the piece is deeply tragic, affecting every member of the family as the two boys search for a cure. Gravity, helmed by Gabriel Diaz Alliende, tells the story of a family on a road through the Andes as they attempt to find a doctor for their child. Lastly, in Silence, directed by TJ O'Grady-Peyton a young boy teaches himself how to dance ballet in quarantine, despite what his father says. 

Kakimoto said; “+81FILM visually explores what cannot be put into words, communicating the sense of what it’s like to see behind the curtain of reality: to see the invisible threads that connect all things together. It was incredible to collaborate with creators from all over the world, in this new normal, to produce something truly reflective of the times we are all experiencing.”