(Producer, Distributor / Japan)
Born and raised in Izu, Shizuoka. Established Pandora Co., Ltd. in
1987, after working for a major construction firm and a film distribution
company. Was involved in the women's liberation movement from the
late 1970s and organized independent film screenings from an anti-sexual
The Oscar-winning feature documentary The Times of Harvey Milk
was the first film Pandora distributed. Other Pandora titles include
One Hundred Children Waiting for a Train, Pictures of an Old World,
The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl, The Celluloid Closet,
The Murmuring, Habitual Sadness, and six titles of A. N. Sokurov.
Pandora is the only company in Japan that works consistently in theatrical
distribution of documentaries.
Nakano is an associate producer of Sokurov's long documentary Spiritual
Voices. Her support for emerging filmmakers can be seen in groundbreaking
work with Jane Campion, Byun Young-joo, Caroline Link, Sento Naomi,
and other directors. She also has experience in directing and producing
around 50 educational videos for women as well as in translating Keeping
projected on the documentary film screen is not the target of the
lenses, but the actual state of being of the filmmaker behind the
camera. Everything from the filmmaker's life history and beliefs,
to sensibilities are dissected and made apparent by the film. The
pain, suffering, and sometimes pleasure that accompany this eventually
feed back into the film itself. This cycle of deconstructing and constructing
of the self is truly a battle that finally appears in front of the
audience as an objectified self. But the audience is a contemptible
being that by nature has unlimited expectations: a "give me more,
give me more" attitude that cannot be satisfied, even if the
battle is long and intense. That is, of necessity, what expression
is all about.
What I am eager to see in the works of documentarists who stand on
the precipice of creativity, is the intense battle within.
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