Journey to meet the former players of the Japanese women’s volleyball team. Now in their 70s, they used to be known as the Witches of the Orient because of their seemingly supernatural powers on the courts. From the formation of the squad in the late 1950s as a worker’s team at a textile factory, right up until their triumph at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, their memories and true magic from long ago bubble up into a heady brew where fact and fable fly hand in hand.
Presented at the Rotterdam International Film Festival and at the IndieLisboa.
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Jason Lytle, K-Raw
Born in France in 1978. He earned a master’s degree in history from the University of Paris-Nanterre and has worked at the French Sports Institute (INSEP) for 15 years. Faraut made short films like Perspectives Rugbystiques (2007), Une Seule Fois (2009) and Phrases d’Armes (2010), in addition to the full-length documentaries Regard Neuf sur Olympia 52 (2013) and John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (2018, 42nd Mostra).