Horse Beings

Sun Jun 23, 4pm
Presented by: National Gallery of Art
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Before the modernization of Japan, horses were not only useful laborers, they were also often considered members of families and even objects of worship. A new documentary on vanishing horse culture and the deep connections between human beings and horses that persist in northern Japan, Horse Beings (Uma arite) depicts entrenched customs, time-honored routines, religious traditions, and even the local myth of Oshirasama, the story of a girl who married her horse. “I observed remnants of this way of life when I visited. . . . People still live in a severe but beautiful world, a world of faith surrounded by the deep green mountains. I hope this film reaches many people and presents another aspect of Japan for discovery” — Ryohei Sasatani. Shown in conjunction with the exhibition The Life of Animals in Japanese Art. (Ryohei Sasatani, 2018, subtitles, 130 minutes) Special thanks to Marty Gross.

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