*Watashi ga tsuyoku (I focus on that which interests me).* 1988. Japan. Directed by Naomi Kawase. Courtesy of Kumie Inc.

Kawase’s first films cover a range of styles, from experimental documentary to short dramatic narratives. The early markers of her signature style can be seen in these playful, salient films, which focus on recurrent themes: honest interactions with family, friends, and strangers; exploring her roots; and finding out who she is as an artist and a young woman. Kawase uses nature to represent the passage of time or emotional tone, and songs often punctuate the beginning and end of a story.

Program 81 min.

Wataxhe ga tsuyoku (I focus on that which interests me). 1988. Japan. Directed by Naomi Kawase. 5 min.

Watashi ga iki-ikito (The concretization of these things flying around me). 1988. Japan. Directed by Naomi Kawase. In Japanese; English subtitles. 5 min.

My J-W-F. 1988. Japan. Directed by Naomi Kawase. 5 min.

Papa’s Ice Cream. 1988. Japan. Directed by Naomi Kawase. In Japanese; English subtitles. 5 min.

My Solo Family. 1989. Japan. Directed by Naomi Kawase. In Japanese; English subtitles. 10 min.

A Small Largeness. 1989. Japan. Directed by Naomi Kawase. In Japanese; English subtitles. 10 min.

Presently. 1989. Japan. Directed by Naomi Kawase. 5 min.

The Girl’s Daily Bread. 1990. Japan. Directed by Naomi Kawase. In Japanese; English subtitles. 16 min.

Like Happiness. 1991. Japan. Directed by Naomi Kawase. In Japanese; English subtitles. 20 min.

  1. Tuesday, July 5, 2016,
    4:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
  2. Sunday, June 26, 2016,
    5:30 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T1, Theater 1
This film accompanies Naomi Kawase.