FUSION OF THE HEARTS: ISHIZUE
2010, 20 minutes, Producers: Osamu Otani, Linda Ohama
Director, writer, editor: Linda Ohama
Camera: Mitsunori Nagao, Masami Sano, Sadahide Tamura
Sometimes forgotten in our preoccupation with the armed conflicts that have gripped the world over millennia is the flip side of war and aggression. That is the very human need to bond, make connections with others that help us place ourselves within the greater context of humanity.
That need to stay connected is profound within immigrant communities within multicultural Canada. (John Endo Greenaway)
Ishizue documents a fusion of the hearts as traditional taiko players in Japan work alongside young Canadian taiko players learn about each other while playing drums leading up to their public performance of Ishizue.