WHY THE FOOLS DANCE
Directed by Benjamin Michel
Follow four Japanese performers as they find their cultural place in America through the Awa Odori, a 17th century dance of self-proclaimed fools, inviting audiences to drop their guard and be fools too.
Benjamin Michel was born in Irvington, New Jersey, USA. His early passions were in the fine arts, primarily drawing and painting. He eventually gravitated towards cinema and graduated with a BA in Film from the University of Central Florida. Making films has played a defining role in shaping his work as a critical and socially aware artist.
Director: Benjamin Michel
Producer: Benjamin Michel, Mao Sakurada Reich
Editor: Anna Nishibayashi
Cast: Naohiro Matsuzawa, Reiko Ono, Keiji Ohshita, Mao Sakurada Reich
Shorts Programs / 102 minsFREE PROGRAM. Whether reflecting on a successful career, continuing traditions from home in a new country, or seeking a better tomorrow in their own way, these non-fiction portraits show that a life worth living creates more than just memories. - Sheryl Santacruz