Inspired by the Japanese phenomenon of the so-called Hikokomori, (literally: pulling inward), whereby young people choose to flee from the pressure of a society brought into line into the total isolation of their own room. They have lost the ability to distinguish public face and true self.
In this way Akio (Japanese: Light) withdraws albeit with a specific goal. He wants to free himself from the pressures of the globalized society, from his own fears, and ultimately from the limitations of his own body as well as concepts like space and time. His room capsule transforms itself during his journey through the depths of his consciousness and unfolds with every layer which he goes through until he reaches his true being and is revealed, as light.
Akio is not a futuristic scenario, more it is a dreaming melody of a current phenomenon in society as a whole. The film describes this dance, a dance which is essential for all of us, the dance away from the function as our own master and slave ascribed to us in a society that becomes more and more tiresome, and towards the acceptance of the own self, the free individual in an awake and aware world.
|| Joanna Ashton-Jones
|| Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin,
|| UDK Berlin,
|| 2013 –
|| Alexa 2k (ProRess 4444)
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