Scene from the film 37 Stories About Leaving Home
Scene from the film 37 Stories About Leaving Home
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37 Stories About Leaving Home

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In this award winning documentary, Shelly Silver presents an intimate portrait of a group of Japanese women ranging in age from 15 to 82, talking about their lives, families and society. In these stories one can begin to see, from very personal and individual perspectives, the societal changes that have occurred over the last three generations for women in Japan, bringing an exciting and often conflicting array of choices and positions. Many of the stories revolve around the relationships these grandmothers, mothers and daughters have with each other, filled with respect, rebellion, loss and love.

Mixing childhood memories, frank statements, epic events and quotidian details; the film bears witness to the strength of these women and the difficulty of their choices, as they navigate between personal needs and familial and societal pressures.

The interviews are framed by a traditional Japanese folktale; a magical and somewhat shocking narrative of a mother's search for her abducted daughter, kidnapped by a monster on the eve of her wedding.


  • Original Title
    37 Stories About Leaving Home
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Shelly Silver
  • Cinematography
    Shelly Silver
  • Editing
    Shelly Silver, Daiho Tsuruoko
  • Music
    Lefdup & Lefdup
  • Sound
    Bill Seery, Mercer Street Sound
  • Runtime
    52 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • United States
  • Format
    • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Festivals
    • DOK Leipzig
    • San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
    • Pesaro International Film Festival, Italy
    • Singapore International Film Festival
    • FemmeTotale Film Festival, Dortmund, Germany
  • Awards
    • The Golden Dove for Best Long Form Documentary & The Ecumenical Prize for Best Documentary - The Leipzig International Documentary Film Festival, Germany is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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