A state of emergency was declared for the first time under the Law Concerning Special Measures against COVID-19, on April 7th, in Japan. It has changed everyone’s life. MISHIMA Yukiko interviewed 20 actors online during the state of emergency. The actors themselves or their family members filmed the film. April 22nd was Mishima's birthday. When she heard people crying from somewhere in the dawn, she came up with the idea for this film. A man decides to keep a daily diary, a woman whose stage performance has been postponed is busy with housework at home, a woman is looking forward to seeing a movie she is in, and a woman is silently working at home. The film captures in graphic detail their daily lives during the first wave of the Covid disaster.
MISHIMA Yukiko heard people crying at dawn on April 22, 2020, when the Covid-19 pandemic started. She considered it a sign of ‘being alive’ and planned a self-documentary with her colleagues, who all were forced to stop working due to lockdown, resulting in Alone Together. She created each episode, communicating with the actors while directing remotely, and the project progressed through the actors self-filming. The actors recorded voice diaries or danced alone to deal with the loneliness and depression. They did some copy editing, made deliveries, or even worked on construction sites for a living. This meticulous and earnest recording has remained vivid documentation of this era. MISHIMA Yukiko said, “Alone Together is a work of reaffirming human beings” personally. (MOON Seok)
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