Friday, August 1, 2014
Q&A and live performance by GOMA
Director Tetsuaki Matsue (Live Tape, Tokyo Drifter) creates a trippy documentary portrait of Japanese didgeridoo player GOMA, who suffered partial memory loss following a car accident in 2009. Archival performance footage, home video, and photographs relate details of his life, from his marriage, the birth of his daughter, and his career leading up to the accident. The film’s psychedelic 3-D images, animation, and onscreen text, backed by GOMA’s trance-like music, create a sense of his fractured memory and emotional loss. Though he has trouble recalling his family and the recent past, GOMA was able to relearn his instrument and continue playing, while incorporating the incongruous memories that suddenly come back to him.