During our first visit to Bucharest, Romania, in April 2013 to screen ‘Our friends in Fukushima‘ thanks to an arrangement made by Jim Brown, a friend of ours teaching English at Bucharest University, he took us to the Village Museum, where we became interested in a wooden church and a wooden carved gate. Both the church and the gate are from Maramureş, about 600 km north-west of the capital.
In September 2013, Jim and his wife, Dana, drove us from Bucharest to Maramureş, where he introduced us to Ioan Pop. a folk musician residing in the wooden house with the carved gate. He talked about the gate, the house, and the music, especially about improvisation necessary to keep traditional folk music alive.
camera: Fumi Nakabachi
Editorial adviser: Hajime Kobayashi
Interpretation and Translation: Jim Brown
Translation Adviser: Evelina Pavel
Music: Ioan Pop şi Grupul Iza
Directed and edited by: Yushin Toda
Prodcued by: Fumi Nakabachi and Yushin Toda, Japan Desk Scotland, in 2014
© 2014 Japan Desk Scotland
in Romanian with English subtitles
This is the eighth documentary made as part of our Documentary film production.
The documentary has been screened:
(2) on Wednesday 10 June 2015 at University of Glasgow Chaplaincy, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of ‘Here and there (seven documentaries) organised by the Chaplaincy and Japan Desk Scotland;
(3) on Wednesday 2 September 2015 at Department of Japanese Language and Literature, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania, as part of ‘Washi (Japanese paper) workshop’;
(4) on Thursday 3 September 2015 at Department of Japanese Language and Literature, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania, as part of ‘Wadaiko (Japanese drumming)’ workshop;
(5) on Wednesday 15 June 2016 in the Interfaith Room, University of Glasgow Chaplaincy, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of ‘Intangible legacies‘ event jointly organised by University of Glasgow Chaplaincy and Japan Desk Scotland. It was part of the West End Festival;
(6) on Monday 12 September 2016 at Department of Japanese Language and Literature, University of Bucharest, Romania, as part of ‘Onigiri (rice ball)’ workshop; and