The Witches of the Orient (U)
Sun 18 Jul 2021 - Tue 20 Jul 2021
£8* Standard | £5* Student / Under 25s
Various (See dates below)
Dir. Julien Faraut
2020 | 100 mins | France | Documentary
French, Japanese and English with Subtitles
Meet the former players of the Japanese women’s volleyball team. Now in their 70s, they used to be known as the Witches of the Orient because of their seemingly supernatural powers on the courts.
From the formation of the squad in the late 1950s as a worker’s team at a textile factory, right up until their triumph at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, their memories and true magic from long ago bubble up into a heady brew where fact and fable fly hand in hand.
This screening will be followed by an exclusive pre-recorded Q&A with Host Edith Bowman and director Julien Faraut. Paul Gravett, writer/curator/comics expert and Maria Bertelli, England volleyball player at London 2012 and England volleyball coach will also be on the panel.
You can also watch Witches of the Orient at home as part of our virtual cinema.
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‘The joy of the witches’ success is infectious … exactly like what our weary world needs right now’
‘A solid crowd-pleaser elevated by Faraut’s experimental streak’
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