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ARATA MORI

 

 

Arata Mori is a Japanese film director, editor and artist, based in Berlin and Tokyo, the graduate of the Fine Art course at Central Saint Martins in London. ​His creative practice crosses over the fields of documentary film, TV documentary, corporate video, experimental film, dance-theatre and architecture.

In 2021, Mori made his creative documentary film “A Million”, a fake travelogue about an imaginary city on the real urban cities along the new silk road, revived by China. The film was premiered at the 64th Dok Leipzig.

He also co-directs with Andreas Hartmann, a German filmmaker, the documentary feature “Johatsu - Into Thin Air”(2024), co-produced by BR/ ARTE and supported by German Minister of State for Culture and the Media. It portrays the so-called “Night Moving Companies” in Japan, which help people to disappear.

Mori has also co-founded another: with Laurian Ghinitoiu, an architecture photographer, and created a series of video, collaborating with the leading architects and artists including BIG, OMA, SO-IL and Shiota Chiharu. The recent  documentary film "veins" (2023) follows the journey of the marble from a Portuguese quarry until it becomes the façade of the performing arts center at the World Trade Center’s site in NY. It had a premiere at ADFF: Architecture & Design Film Festival, the most prominent film festival of this kind.    

Mori is the 2022 grantee of Asian Cultural Council's individual fellowship, 2023 participant of Docs by the Sea and ESoDoc and the member of DAE - Documentary Association of Europe. He works as as a freelance director and editor for Japanese broadcasts such as NHK and WOWOW, often engaging in projects related to war and refugees, traveling to risky areas such as Ukrainian border and Iran.

 
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