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22nd
World Cinema: Sports is for Women
THE WITCHES OF THE ORIENT
 
Director_ Julien FARAUT
 
France 2021 100min DCP color feature Documentary
Review

Journey to meet the former players of the Japanese women’s volleyball team. Now in their 70s, they used to be known as the “Witches of the Orient” because of their seemingly supernatural powers on the courts. From the formation of the squad in the late 1950s as a worker’s team at a textile factory, right up until their triumph at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, their memories, and true magic from long ago bubble up into a heady brew where fact and fable fly hand in hand.

CREDIT
  • ProducerWilliam JEHANNIN
  • Screenplay UFO Production
  • CinematographyJulien FARAUT
  • MusicYAMAZAKI Yukata
  • EditorJason LYTLE - K-RAW
  • SoundAndrei BOGDANOV
CastLeon ROUSSEAU
DIRECTOR
Julien FARAUT 
Having worked with the French Sports Institute (INSEP) for 15 years, Julien has had access to a large and mostly unseen collection of 16mm archival footage, aiming to bridge the connections between sport, cinema and art. With a fascination for the incredible achievements of highly skilled athletes, Julien’s portfolio of work explores these unique and astonishing human beings through the medium of film.
Jeonju Office

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