Geography shapes the experiences of individuals and their roles in society but the internet manages to trespass that and shape all different kinds of subcultures in the most unlikely places on Earth.
As a teenager in saudi arabia, me and my group of friends were a bunch of shut-ins who derived emotions from anime shows, we called ourselves “otaku”s and not unlike many kids around the world we really wanted to go to Japan but maybe albeit more desperately. The narratives anime tackles encourages shaping an individual's personal legend, like many fiction works; usually through violence: good beats evil and coming of age stories, which left us hungry for an unobtainable glory which naturally manifested itself in the dream of going to Japan.
While the japanese anime has been airing in the arab world since the seventies, the connectivity the internet offers made life in Japan, a country that is as mythical as China here, not of “people on TV” but of real people that we are able to interact with. We shaped a whole behavioral pattern that rejected the social pressure imposed on us in our childbearing years of a future in the household.
Now aged 23, many of us dropped such absurd dreams and are devoted to raise their own kids and families. But one in particular is still fighting a very unlikely fight.
I’d like to make a short movie/video work about her and if the budget allows it, actually send her to Japan just to document what possibly can happen after one reaches “there”. Building along the way broken and fictional segments to twist the narrative up a bit.
if the budget doesn’t allow it, the movie will be based in Saudi and will be about the longing she constructed around Japan as that unattainable spot of land to step on.