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Manchurian Sleepwalkers


Thomas Lahusen
Canada, 63 min

Chemodan Films, 2018


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.



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

Film presentation, International Council for Central and East European Studies, Montreal, 7 August, 2021.

FIlm festival of the Twelfth International Convention of Asia Scholars,  24-28 August 2021. 

Harbin downtown
Returning to the Manchurian past
Harbin street in a puddle
St. Sophia
Harbin foxtrott
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