SOAS Research Online

A Free Database of the Latest Research by SOAS Academics and PhD Students

[skip to content]

Centeno, Marcos (2014) Ainu. Pathways to Memory. .

Full text not available from this repository.


Ainu. Paths to Memory is a discovery documentary of the Ainu people in Japan. They have been historically considered savages by the Japanese and Russian governments. They were dispossessed from their lands and suffered unfair laws impeding them to keep their lifestyle. On a trip through the recovery of their identity, which took us from Japan to Europe, we will find a people erased from history books and scarred by discrimination which pushed them close to the final extinction. People whose origins and language are still a mystery. The tour along the paths to memory reveals an uncertain destiny. The growing interest for the culture preservation clashes with a reality of marginalization which has reduced it to mere museum pieces. The repeated sentence "I am Ainu" expresses a willingness of overcoming their marginal circumstances and recovery of their pride. But the awakening of the Ainu people faces the mercantilist logic of a global world. Unavoidably, doubt comes to mind, what does being Ainu mean today?

Item Type: Videos
Additional Information: Best Film (Category of “Human Rights”, FICVI 2014, Puebla, México) Best Film (Category of Interculturality”, Cine Invisible 2014, Bilbao, Spain) Best Director of a Foreign Film (Zlatna Ethnographic Film Festival 2014, Romania) Audience Award (Clam Festival 2014, Barcelona, Spain) Special Mention (Intimate Lens Film Documentary 2014, Caserta, Italy).
Keywords: Ainu People, Ethnic Minorities, Japan, Ethnographic Film
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Centre for Film Studies
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea
Regional Centres and Institutes > SOAS Japan Research Centre
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General)
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2015 11:13
Related URLs: (Author URL)

Altmetric Data

There is no Altmetric data currently associated with this item.


Download activity - last 12 monthsShow export options
Downloads since deposit
6 month trend
6 month trend
Accesses by country - last 12 monthsShow export options
Accesses by referrer - last 12 monthsShow export options

Repository staff only

Edit Item Edit Item