William Yong and Denise Fujiwara’s short film, Noppera-bō won a One-Reeler Short Film Competition 2020 Award of Excellence in Los Angeles. Produced by Older and Reckless for its 20th Anniversary celebration, it is featured in the National Art Centre of Canada’s Capsule, dance film site until August 31, 2021.
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This short film arose out of meditations on the alchemy of the entwining issues of masks and anonymity. In ancient lore, Noppera-bō is a faceless ghost, a fantastical creature that sows fear. Noppera-bō seems to have re-emerged in the midst of this global pandemic; where masks and face coverings, whether worn for health or cultural reasons, have become political, where anonymity protects faceless people who spread disinformation and hate through institutions and cyberspace, and fear and distrust are triggered by an unseen virus that can be carried by people who do not know they are contagious.