Sacred vandals

Australia, 1984

Film
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A film about women who follow their obsessions, taking dreams and illnesses as signs that they must find places in nature - rocks, trees, groves - that have special connection with their ancestors. They challenge the established order of things on the small depopulated island of Hatoma (Japan) and exert their spiritual power and leadership through subversive means. Focuses on three women, all of whom left the island long ago, but still retain a strong attachment to it, and who return to it regularly to perform their rituals.

Credits

producer/director

Solrun Hoaas

production company

Japan Foundation

Australian Film Commission. Creative Development Branch

Duration

00:55:08:00

Colour

Colour

Production places
Australia
Production dates
1984

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

34276

Languages

English

Japanese

Subject categories

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Japan - Social life and customs

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Religion - Japan

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Religion and culture

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Rites and ceremonies - Japan

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Women - Japan

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Ethnology

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Philosophy and religion

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Religion - Japan

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Religion and culture

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Rites and ceremonies - Japan

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Spirituality

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Women

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Women - Japan

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Women

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Women - Japan

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Spirituality

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Women

Foreign language films

History → History

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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