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What: 📽 ENCOUNTERS 2024: JOHATSU- INTO THIN AIR

https://tickets.tixsa.co.za/event/encounters-2024-JOHATSU

When:

Where: 🎥 Bioscope

How much:

🎟️ R80.00Bioscope Ticket

Every year since our founding in 2010, The Bioscope has proudly hosted screenings of The Encounters South African International Documentary Festival. Now over 25 years old as a festival, Encounters returns to The Bioscope once again with screenings from 21 June - 30 July. Tickets are R80. For more information on the festival as a whole, please visit encounters.co.za
SEE THE FULL BIOSCOPE SCHEDULE FOR ENCOUNTERS HERE
JOHATSU- INTO THIN AIR
Andreas Hartmann & Arata Mori | Germany/Japan | 86 min
In Japan, around 80,000 people disappear every year. Most of them are eventually found or return home but thousands of others simply vanish. They are known as Johatsu, which means “the evaporated”. Japanese data protection laws are particularly strong, which helps to facilitate the process of voluntary disappearance, making it difficult to track missing persons, even for family members. This beautifully photographed film explores the phenomenon, talking to people who have chosen to disappear and those looking for them, as well as the ’night movers’ who help people reset their lives in places where no one knows them. The tensions involved in disappearing or looking for someone who has disappeared permeate the film and its subjects, giving Johatsu the feeling of a suspense thriller - even as it provides an intimately candid window into the lives of those who have decided, for one desperate reason or another, that they need to start anew.