Manchurian Sleepwalkers


Thomas Lahusen
Canada, 63 min

Chemodan Films, 2017


Harbin, Heilongjiang, China


With the passage of time, remembering becomes a form of sleepwalking. One-time émigrés of Manchuria and its legendary city, Harbin, take us on a journey of memory back to China. For many -- Russians, Poles, Germans and Japanese -- who left the country of the “last emperor” during the late 1940s and 50s, remembering borders on obsession. For Kumiko Muraoka, a Japanese-French poet, only forgetting alleviates the pain of having lost her childhood home.

Screened at the following venues:

University of California, Berkeley,  Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
and Center for Chinese Studies, 2017.

University of Chicago, Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, 2017.

University of Toronto, East Asian Studies Union, 2017.

Screened at the Archaeology Channel (TAC) International Film Festival (Eugene, Oregon, May 1-5, 2019). Prizes: Honorable Mention, Music; Special mention, Cultural Change. 

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