Kintsugi

broken but whole

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of mending broken pottery. It is the art of highlighting and enhancing the beauty that comes with experience and hardship. It is the art of resiliency.

  • Justine Kaneda
    Director
  • Justine Kaneda
    Writer
  • Justine Kaneda
    Key Cast
  • Setsuko Kaneda
    Key Cast
  • Yoshikuni Kaneda
    Key Cast
  • Masae Kato
    Key Cast
  • Kazuhiko Kato
    Key Cast
  • Justine Kaneda
    Producer
  • Justine Kaneda
    Director of Photography
  • Justine Kaneda
    Editor
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student, Other
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 8 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 8, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Stanford University
  • Top Shorts Film Festival (May 2021)
    Online Event
    Best Musical/Dance Film
  • Festigious Los Angeles (May 2021)
    Online Event
    Best Student Film
  • Tokyo International Short Film Festival (May 2021)
    Tokyo
    Japan
    Finalist
  • Roma International Film Festival (May 2021)
    Rome
    Italy
    Finalist
  • New York Film Awards
    Online Event
    Best Student Film
  • New York Tri-State International Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    Finalist
  • Indie Short Fest - Los Angeles International Short Film Festival
    Online Event
    Outstanding Achievement (Best Screendance Short)
  • SF Indie Shorts Film Festival
    San Francisco, CA
    United States
    September 17, 2021
    Official Selection
  • IndieFEST Film Awards
    Online Event
    United States
    Award of Merit (Creativity/Originality & Asian)
  • DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon
    Eugene, Oregon
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Berlin Independent Film Festival
    Berlin
    Germany
    Official Selection
  • Phoenix Film Festival
    Phoenix, AZ
    United States
    Best Asian American Pacific Islander Short
Director Biography - Justine Kaneda

Justine Kaneda is a Sansei Japanese-American filmmaker, actor, and dancer. She is a recent graduate from Stanford University where she studied Human Biology and Theater and Performance Studies and was a part of the Honors in the Arts Cohort.

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Director Statement

This film is a celebration of family, love, and resiliency. By further exploring the concept of Kintsugi – specifically how this art form can be applied to human beings - this film follows a young woman as she learns to accept herself in her entirety. As a Sansei Japanese-American and lifelong performing artist, I seek to explore the interconnection of my cultural and artistic identities, in addition to the deeply intertwined relationship human beings have with the world.