Zen and the art of documentary film

Film Jan 10, 2018

Zen and the art of documentary film

by Kaori Shoji

It's the second day of the new year and unseasonably warm outside Pole-Pole Higashi-Nakano, one of Tokyo's few remaining art-house theaters. Husband-and-wife filmmakers Werner Penzel and Ayako Mogi take a seat in the morning sun, taking off their coats while marveling at the weather. Penzel ...

Werner Penzel's art therapy for the soul

Film | Wide Angle Jun 29, 2016

Werner Penzel's art therapy for the soul

by Kaori Shoji

The documentary "While We Kiss the Sky" (Japanese title "Kofuku wa Hibi no Naka Ni") opens nationwide this weekend, and it proffers a lot of hope and optimism for the future of Japanese society. Directed by German filmmaker Werner Penzel ("Step Across the Border") and ...