Sanka: Nomads of the Mountains

Ryohei Sasatani, 2022 (77m)

Sanka: Nomads of the Mountains

Japan, 1965. 15-year-old Norio returns to his family’s countryside home to prepare for his upcoming high school entrance exams. Lonely and frustrated, he finds himselfclashing with his strict father. One day, he encounters fellow teenager Hana, who’s part of a local family of nomads known as ‘Sanka’. Norio is taken under the wing of the family and quickly adapts to their lifestyle. But he soon learns difficult lessons about the everyday discrimination the Sanka experience. Sanka: Nomads of the Mountains is a sharply realised drama - an elegiac reflection on a culture that has faded away, as well as a coming-of-age story with a unique perspective and context.

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