The Cherry Tree with Gray Blossoms (Usuzumi no sakura)
Sumiko Haneda is one of the most prominent documentary filmmakers from Japan and one of the few women working in non-fiction cinema there in the postwar period. Born in 1926, in Dalian, China (then Manchuria), in 1949 Haneda entered Iwanami Productions, a company producing educational and promotional films, where she would make films about the arts, education, and nature. In 1976 she directed her first independent film, The Cherry Tree with Gray Blossoms, a personal project she had worked on for many years. She continued to direct over 80 short and long films.
Introduced by Ricardo Matos Cabo
With thanks to Kanatasha, Inc. and Haneda Sumiko
With the support of the Japan Foundation
In collaboration with Open City Docs London