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A Focus on Japanese Female Wrestlers Screens in London in January

The film screening will be held followed by a Q&A session on 24 January 2017

Organized by the Japan Society, Gaea Girls will be shown as part of its first series of screenings co-organised together with Royal Anthropological Institute. The screenings is part of revisiting the Japan films which are kept in Royal Anthropological Institute’s collection.

Gaea Girls, directed by Kim Longinotto and Jano Williams, explores courage, transformation and dreams of the Japanese female wresting world, also known as joshi puroresu. This is their fith collaboration film between Kim Longinotto and Jano Williams examining gender roles in contemporary Japanese. The film is directed and produced for over three months.

In 2005, the Gaea Japan wrestling association disbanded. Its founder Chigusa Nagayo launched a new wrestling group, Marvelous, based in Nagayo, in 2016. Not only to understand that joshi puroresu continues to be popular among the mass, the film invites audiences to understand the female wrestlers’ daily routines and social conditions. From recruiting new members and going through struggles in training regime and its brutality, the scenarios reflects on women’s empowerment in Japan.

The screening, to be taken place at the Royal Anthropological Institute, will be followed by drinks reception and Q&A session with director Kim Longinotto, who received plenty of awards for her documentaries including a BAFTA award for Pink Saris (2010).

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