A Distant Duet

HD video
40 min.

“A Distant Duet” is a video shot in Spain which Jinushi got inspiration from the works of Chilean-born writer Roberto Bolaño who spent his youth between in Chile and Mexico, left his homeland following the coup in 1973, later settled in Spain. Beginning with a monologue by Jinushi herself in Blanes, where Bolaño died, the film traces Bolaño through elaborating his texts and Jinushi’ s interviews with those who happened to meet. With Bolaño’ s stories, Jinushi tries to overwrap a question on social circumstances in Japan where she lives in. Extracting his story of a hole talking about the Galician, people in a North-west region in Spain, how they dealt with an emergency when a boy had fallen into the hole, Jinushi starts a dialogue with a Galician woman. Jinushi tells her that the Japanese would forget about the hole they had seen, if the story were set in Japan. Puzzled by Jinushi’s words, the woman shows her own view on the “hole”.