film director & editor
Arata Mori is a Japanese film director and editor, living and working in Berlin and Tokyo.
- the force of disjuncture
I have always had disjunctures in my life. They are like a rupture that splits my body into two things, divides it into left and right, west and east, silence and extremity. My soul swings like a pendulum, repeatedly moving back and forth between two opposites. This swinging movement has become the main force to push me forward - to make my film.
Urged by this driving force, I moved to Europe from Japan a decade ago. It was almost an outbreak coming from my constant anxiety - being an outcast in my own country. I was not even a political refugee, but I was exiled from my own body. Of course, after I settled in Europe, I was still “the stranger”, being as an Asian man coming from the far east side. Though time passed, the disjuncture in my body became part of myself, and I became a nomad, who travels on the plain transparent surface of non-land. My own existence fell into the void of the universe of nonsense.
Now, I see that this globalized world keeps producing new disjunctures within its own systems and territories, while the globalization itself is about to be torn apart and collapse by itself, especially triggered by the “distancing” of the pandemic. At this time, a filmmaker is forced to think about a way of new expression that would confront this fragmented world and reach the individuals whose bodies are divided into pieces. The force of disjuncture, the movement of a pendulum, swinging between visible and invisible walls and borders, could overcome our dilemma. We are all ripped animals with disjuncture, and nevertheless, the force makes us desire for the romance of reunion.