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Bonde and Chayamiti present

WHERE THE WAVES BREAK

a film by Inara Chayamiti

TEASER

Teaser
Sinopse

SYNOPSIS

Searching for her fragmented identity, Inara glues together pieces of her family story marked by two diasporas between opposite sides of the world: Brazil and Japan.

When the documentary filmmaker Inara Chayamiti migrates from Brazil to the Netherlands, she finds herself a foreigner in her own homeland. So she begins to search for her fragmented identity while investigating her family story. 


As in the Japanese art of repairing ceramics with gold, she glues together pieces of this story marked by two diasporas between opposite sides of the world: Brazil and Japan. By using gold in its glue, kintsugi, which is the film's motif, values imperfection, evokes transience, and appreciates the history of each object.

Considering himself Brazilian, Inara’s father broke with Japanese traditions and even married her Brazilian mother, a “gaijin” (“foreigner”), to his family’s disappointment. Her grandmother is Brazilian but doubtlessly defines herself as Japanese. Her uncles have been living in Japan for 30 years as Brazilians. And although her cousins were born there, they are Brazilians who only know Japan. 

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Many questions emerge: What does it mean to be seen as yellow? What was it like for her grandparents and great-grandparents? After all, what makes a person Brazilian, Japanese or from any place? To be born there? To be raised there? To understand it? To love it? 

In her journey for answers, she realizes how much she does not know of family and collective memories. She learns that her batian (grandmother), at the age of six, was among thousands of Japanese and descendants who lost everything because they were seen as enemies in Brazil during World War II. However, when she finds old newspapers and documents, she realizes that this hostility, in the form of racism and xenophobia, had been happening long before the war and permeating the community’s daily life.

She begins to ask herself: why does this story remain invisible? How can we understand it from a contemporary perspective and bring to light more pieces for the Brazilianness’ kintsugi itself?

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PREMIERE

 The film will premiere in 2023, on the 115th anniversary of Japanese immigration to Brazil, which is home to the largest Japanese community outside Japan.

The cultural and social impact distribution will take place in Brazil between June and July, in museums, communities, cultural spaces and universities. After the exhibitions, we will promote debates and conversation circles.

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PARTNERS

  • Bunkyo - Brazilian Society of Japanese Culture and Social Assistance

  • Historical Museum of the Japanese Immigration in Brazil

  • São Paulo State Immigration Museum

  • Historical Museum of Londrina with Hikoma Udihara’s film collection

  • Moreira Salles Institute with Haruo Ohara’s photographic collection

  • Global REN and REN Brazil

  • Japanese Association of Santos

  • Mommalaw - Müller Mazzonetto, through legal support

  • Embassy of Japan in Brazil

  • Selected by the Logan Nonfiction Program 2021, US-based international fellowhsip


The project was also a finalist at the Sundance Documentary Fund 2021 and the Berlinale Talents Doc Station 2022.

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Equipe

TEAM

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Inara Chayamiti

director
producer
cinematographer

screenwriter
editor
impact producer

Inara Chayamiti is a Japanese-Brazilian documentary filmmaker based in Portugal. For 14 years she has been telling nonfiction stories in which people are protagonists of their own narratives. Her works include Yzalú - Rap, Feminism and Blackness (CineB Solar Award and finalist at Semana Paulistana do Curta-Metragem, a City Hall of São Paulo’s competition); Raam (CineSud’s SHIFT Film Festival Audience Award); and Volta na Quadra (NETLABTV Award and sponsored by Folha de S. Paulo). She is a fellow at the Logan Nonfiction Program and was also a finalist both at the Sundance Documentary Fund and the Berlinale Talents Doc Station. She worked for many companies and organizations, such as Greenpeace, Marie Claire, Google, having also produced, filmed and directed the Brazilian stories for the Riot Games' international documentary series Legends Rising during two seasons. She received her degree in Social Communication and Journalism from the State University of Londrina in Brazil, studied documentary filmmaking at UnionDocs in New York, and has a specialized degree in cinema and video from Anhembi Morumbi University in São Paulo. 

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Lorena Bondarovsky

producer

Lorena Bondarovsky is a Brazilian executive producer with experience in different strategic areas in the Brazilian audiovisual market. Executive Director of Conspiração Filmes, she previously led the new business area of Canal Curta! and was artistic production manager at TV Globo. Before that, she worked for many years in independent production, interfacing regulatory public policies, national and international markets. Among her fiction productions are: Under Pressure, Between Sisters, Nise - The Heart of Madness (Tokyo Golden Award 2016) and Bruna Surfistinha. She also produced the documentaries Pindorama - Verdadeira História dos Sete Anões (IDFA 2007), Simonal - Ninguém Sabe o Duro que Dei, Herbert de Perto (BAFICI 11), Serra Pelada, A Farra do Circo, Democracy in Black and White and Barão Vermelho. In addition to fiction series such as Um Contra Todos (FOX, EMMY 2018), Magnífica 70 (HBO) and other TV programs such as Móv3l (MTV), Bela Cozinha (GNT), Sangue Latino - Cuba e Argentina (Canal Brasil) and Detetives do Prédio Azul (Gloob). She has a B.S. in Economics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She did the extension course International Business at the London Metropolitan University and has a specialized degree in Executive Production for the Cinema and Television Industry from Getulio Vargas Foundation.

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João Martinho

screenwriter
impact strategist

João Martinho is a Portuguese Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning (MEL), and Communication expert based in Portugal. He has had experiences in the academic, private and philanthropic sectors and he is currently Director of Evaluation and Learning at the Audacious Project, TED. 

 

He manages complex evaluative processes such as systems baselining and developmental and adaptive evaluations. João has wide experience with facilitating participatory processes and in developing MEL frameworks, such as Theories of Change and Rubrics-based Measurement and Learning Systems. 

 

He also led the evaluative team that evaluated the documentary The Beginning of Life. João holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and a specialization in Monetary, Banking and Financial Economics.

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Luiza de Paiva

impact producer

Luiza Paiva is a Portuguese-Brazilian Creative & Impact Producer based in the UK with an MA degree in Media Practice for Development and Social Change, as a Stuart Hall Foundation Scholar and BA in Film at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. 

 

She has worked for several years with the filmmaker Walter Salles at VideoFilmes, an award-winning Latin American company, as part of the production team of documentaries and feature films. 

 

Since 2018, she has been part of the Global Impact Producers group organised by DocSociety (UK). In addition to the GIPA, she was also part of the Impact Distribution Lab organised in 2020 by DocMontevideo. In addition to a MA degree, Luiza also has a Diploma in Social Innovation Management by the Amani Institute.

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Kiyoshi Chayamiti

cinematographer

Kiyoshi Chayamiti began his career as a photographer and was soon selected by a talent program of the largest local TV in Ribeirão Preto (EPTV-Globo), where he worked for six years as a cameraman reporter. He received Honorable Mention at the 8th Vladimir Herzog Award. 

 

He also worked at TV Clube and at Magazine Luiza's multimedia department before starting his audiovisual production company K&M, one of the main ones in the Ribeirão Preto and region for over 15 years. Through his company, he produced TV commercials, institutional videos, political campaigns, educational and training videos. He was also a collaborator at GW Comunicações. 

 

In addition to being director of photography, he has always been an inventor and, therefore, he also created Kicam, a brand specialized in camera movement equipment, customized for the most diverse types of productions and professional profiles.

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