To find the day of 21st

The act of taking a photo is like cutting out a slice of reality, and also like preserving that moment as a specimen. One day, a woman who has been living by clinging to the certainty of the specimens rather than the uncertainty of reality loses one day’s worth of photos...
This film examines how recorded images can become more vivid than our original memories. Her mother’s memories and her memories. Reality and fiction. These memories intricately blend together within private photos and videos, causing a complete picture of the faint memories to emerge.

  • Kieko IKEHATA
    Director
    Director, Camera
  • F. NOMURA
    Producer
    Producer
  • Kyoko IKEHATA
    Key Cast
    Voice, Camera
  • Kazuyuki SHIMADA
    Sound
    Sound
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    21日を見つけに
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Family, Home video, Drama, Diary, Memories, Portrait, 8mm, Video, Art, Photo, Album, Records, Japanese, Japan, Woman, Female, Mother, Daughter, Video Art, Home Movie, homevideo, homemovie
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 1, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    Japan
  • Country of Filming:
    Japan
  • Language:
    Japanese
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 8mm Video, Photo
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Image Forum Festival 2017
    Tokyo
    Japan
    May 2, 2017
    Nominated for "Japan Tomorrow Category"
  • 17th Nippon Connection Film Festival
    Frankfurt
    Germany
    May 24, 2017
  • Sweden Film Awards
    Stockholms
    Sweden
    December 1, 2020
    SEMI-FINALISTS / DECEMBER 2020
  • 16e Festival international Signes de Nuit - Paris
    Paris
    October 8, 2018
    Received Main Award Special Mentions (Cinema in trangression)
  • 15th International Festival Signes de Nuit Lisbonne
    Lisbonne
    November 28, 2017
    Received Special Award ”TRANSFORMING LIMITATIONS IN SIGNIFICANCE"
  • 17. Internationales Festival Zeichen der Nacht Berlin
    Berlin
    Germany
    January 18, 2019
    Received ”Night Award" (of the Section Short Film)
  • IV FRONTEIRA – International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival
    Goiás
    April 19, 2018
  • 16th International Festival Signs of the Night Bangkok
    Bangkok
    Thailand
    June 9, 2018
  • 16th Festival internazionale Segni della notte Urbino
    Urbino
    Italy
    April 11, 2018
  • SeaShorts Film Festival 2017
    Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia
    May 13, 2017
  • 3rd MINIKINO FILM WEEK
    Bali
    Indonesia
    October 7, 2017
  • Burnt Video Art & Experimental Film Festival [THIRD EDITION]
    Montreal
    Canada
    November 19, 2021
Director Biography - Kieko IKEHATA

Born in 1983.
Graduated from the Nihon University College of Art Film Course.
Now university lecturer after having directed documentary TV programs.
In 2017 born the eldest daughter.
Collaborate with my mother and daughter to create works using home movies that my mother shot over 30 years ago.
Member of "Tokyo Eizo Brig." that a creator’s association of experimental films.

"To find the day of 21st" (2017):
16e Festival international Signes de Nuit Paris - Special Award,
15th International Festival Signes de Nuit Lisbonne - Special Award,
Image Forum Festival 2017,
17th Nippon Connection Film Festival... etc
"STRING FIGURE of Time" (2018):
17th International Festival Signs of the Night Bangkok - JURY AWARD... etc
"SEWING BOX for my daugter" (2020):
18th International Festival Signs of the Night Berlin - Special Award... etc

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Director Statement

I have been focusing on the "uncertainty of memory" so far.
In recent years has been creating films in collaboration with my mother.
The main material is my family's home movies my mother shot over a period of more than thirty years.
As I looked back the movies over and over, that footage became clearer than my memories.
This is a strange feeling, but in modern times where anyone can easily take video shooting, it may become normal.
The record becomes stronger than the memory. It can be said that we can not believe own feelings.
In order to delve into such a very interesting theme, we are creating a story (it is nonfiction, but also fiction) based on real home movies.