Fri 16 - Thu 22 Jul

The Witches of the Orient

Cert. U

New Releases

Les Sorcières de l'orient

100 mins

in Japanese with EN subs

FRA | 2021 | doc | dir. Julien Faraut

Via the reminiscences of the players themselves as well as archival sports footage, Julien Faraut’s (John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection) sports documentary recounts the story of the Japanese women’s volleyball team that caught their nation’s imagination in the early 60s and triumphed in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. The incredible success of this female team from an Osaka textile factory, in the historical context of Japan’s post-war resurgence and its rivalry with the USSR, transformed them into pop stars and sparked a vogue for volleyball-themed anime.

From 16 July

The screening on 22 July will be screened with English subtitles on for customers who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (SDH)

The screenings on 16 & 22 July will be followed by a Q&A between director Julien Faraut, comics expert Paul Gravett and London 2012 Olympics volleyball player Maria Bertelli. Conversation chaired by broadcaster Edith Bowman.

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