WAT 2019 - World Animation Theater: Animated Documentary by Female Directors

Date and Time
Tokyo: June 29 through July 26, 2019. Subsequently, WAT 2019 shall tour provincially.

Venue & Address
June 29 - July 26, 2019, Tokyo: Shimokitazawa Tollywood
Admission: 1 program ticket JPY900, 3 program ticket JPY2100, 3 program ticket for student JPY1800
Tuesdays closed.
Phone: 03-3414-0433 / Address 2F, 5-32-5 Daizawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo

WAT 2019 shall tour Kyoto, Himeji and Nagoya till the end of June 2020.
Provincial venues shall be announced later.

WAT 2019 trailer

WAT 2019 is a special screening of 13 animated documentary by female directors of Sweden, South Korea and Japan.
3 Swedish films are shown. “Unkilled, Chapter 1” is the latest film directed by vanguards of human rights animated documentary, Hanna Heilborn & David Aronowitsch. Unkilled is a documentary film project, in chapters, about the global system of detention of migrants. It is a project that has evolved from our previously animated documentary films “Hidden”, “Slaves” and “Sharaf”. Animation by Kaoru Furuko, Japanese female animation director.
Andra stranden” and “Still Born” by Åsa Sandzén are being shown for the first time in Japan. Åsa is good at graphically animated documentary of a spiritual world to encounter death firsthand. Kaoru took a part of animation production.
Swedish voices with English and Japanese subtitles.


8 shorts are hallmark of South Korea.
Korean voices with Japanese subtitles. Some films with English subtitles.
You Are My Sunshine by HWANGBO Saebyul – A love story for a beloved dog that has departed suddenly.
My Father’s Room by JANG Nari – “My” memory, hatred and compassion for my abusive father.
A Holein the Door by HA Soohwa – A beautiful paint-on-glass animation for commemorating “my” dead grandmother.


Hopebus a Love Story by PARK Sung-mi – Solidarity movie for a real labor dispute by LEGO blocks stop-motion animation.
Mrs. Romance by HAN Byung-a – A dream or a fact? a middle-aged housewife meets a good-looking Italian boy on a trip.
A Letter That Bloom Flowers by Jude Kang – Real voices of 2 young ladies who have escaped from North Korea.


The River by KIM Heeseon – A young director never gives up hope in the face of a cycle of violence on the divided peninsula.
Feruza by KIM Yeyoung and KIM Young-geun – A road movie of a couple of Korean film directors and an Ethiopian girl who dreams to go to Korea and continue her studies.


Birth - Weaving Life and Birth -Dancing Life are animated documentary omnibus on 6 experiences of child delivery by Arisa Wakami, Chie Arai, Atsuko Koguma, Hirofumi Ohashi and Bak Ikeda
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Japanese voices with English subtitles.



Talk events after screeing and special events are informed on web site.

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WAT 2019 is officially supported by Embassy of Sweden and Korean Cultural Center Korean Embassy in Japan.

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Ⓒ Sisyfos Film Production
Ⓒ Sisyfos Film Production
Ⓒ Story AB
Ⓒ HA Soohwa
Ⓒ Park Sung-mi
Ⓒ HAN Byung-a,
Ⓒ KANG Hui-jin

Ⓒ KIM Heeseon
Ⓒ Studio YOG


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