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My mother, age 87, has dementia.
My father, age 95, is in charge of the housework for the first time in his life.
And "I" live far away...
Kure City, Hiroshima. "I" (Director Naoko Nobutomo) was born and raised in this town.

I left Hiroshima at the age of 18 to attend college in Tokyo and have been working as a TV documentary producer and director for close to 40 years. My parents have always been supportive of me, their only child, still unmarried and obsessed with work. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 45, my mother supported me and my depression with love and humor, helping me to overcome the greatest challenge in my life. Now I'm chronicling their lives. It was through the camera lens that I noticed gradual changes in my mother. In 2014, she was diagnosed with dementia due to Alzheimer's and my 90-year-old father began taking care of my 80-something-year-old mother. As I was grappling with the decision to leave my career and return home to help, my father said, "I'll take care of Mom. You have your job to do." It was then that I realized maybe it was my mission to document my parents' journey.

A moving TV documentary becomes a movie

My mother struggled with the reality that she was "sick." At the age of 95, my father peeled an apple for the first time...This documentary as told through the eyes of a daughter, captures an increasingly common issue: the day-to-day struggles of caring for a family member with dementia. When it aired for two weeks on Fuji TV/Kansai TV's "Mr. Sunday" in September 2016, it captured a wide audience. I continued to chronicle our story, which aired in October 2017 on BS Fuji. The station was inundated with requests to air it again. This is a completely re-edited version of the original program including some additional footage. As a daughter, I offered my support. As a producer, I documented my parents' struggle through a loving lens.


DIRECTOR

Naoko Nobutomo

Born in 1961 in Kure City, Hiroshima. Graduated from the University of Tokyo Faculty of Letters in 1984. Began working in film production in 1986, producing documentary programs on Fuji TV's "NONFIX" and "The Non-Fiction." Won Honorable Mention at the Hoso Bunka Foundation Prize for "NONFIX Aoyama Sedaka" and the New York Festival Silver World Medal and the Galaxy Honors for Recommended Programs awarded by the Japan Council for Better Radio and Television for "The Non-Fiction: Fortune in Disguise - My Cancer and Tokyo Tower." Other documentaries explored controversial social themes such as the North Korean abduction of Japanese citizens, social withdrawal, early onset dementia, Internet café refugees, the Akihabara "otaku" culture, and asexual males. This is Nobutomo's first theatrical film.

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