Kaori ODA 小田香
Ts’onot / Cenote
Nippon Docs ¾
Cenotes are extensive cave systems filled with water, located mainly on the Yucatán peninsula in Mexico. For the Mayan civilization, these caves were essential water reservoirs. They were also considered to be mythical places connecting the worlds of the living and the dead. For her experimental documentary, Kaori ODA literally dove into this mysterious realm. She lets us take a glimpse into this world not only by impressive images partly shot on 8mm film, but also through the tales of the local population: a tradition passing on ancient myths and forming its own kind of history.
Japan, Mexico 2019
Kaori ODA was born in Osaka in 1987. From 2013, she lived in Sarajevo for three years, studying film under Béla Tarr. Her first two feature-length documentaries, ARAGANE (2015) and TOWARD A COMMON TENDERNESS (2017), were shown at numerous international film festivals. In 2020, she was the first recipient of the newly established Nagisa Oshima Award for outstanding young filmmakers.