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Contemplating Dystopia - Nov 19 to Nov 25

Me and the Cult Leader Atsushi Sakahara

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This disturbing documentary is surely the year’s most unlikely road movie. Filmmaker Atsushi Sakahara, a victim of the Aum Shinrikyo cult’s 1995 sarin gas attack in the Tokyo subway, decides to meet Hiroshi Araki, the spokesman for the cult, now known as Aleph. From the opening frames, the film’s tone throws us off balance. Sakahara seems like a suave Michael Moore, while Araki might as well be a world-weary accountant. As they travel to their respective hometowns, the two men discuss, like old friends, their relationship with the world and their social isolation. Rejecting sensationalism, the film morphs into a gut-wrenching encounter between two (in)voluntary solitudes. (Bruno Dequen)

Me and the Cult Leader

  • Country : Japan
  • Year : 2020
  • V.O : Japanese
  • Subtitles : English
  • Duration : 114 MIN
  • Cinematography : Tatsuya Yamada
  • Editing : Junko Watanabe
  • Production : Pearl Chan
  • Production : Atsushi Sakahara
  • Music : Soulcolor
  • Sound Design : Ryoma Ochiai
Filmography of Atsushi Sakahara :

Don’t Call Me Father (2012)

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