Yesterday Today Tomorrow(“Kino, kyo, soshite ashitae . . .”)
- Director: NAOI Riyo
2005 Thai, English Subtitled in - Color Video 90 min
Production Company: Asia Press International Contact Name: Asia Press International
301 Otsuki Bldg., 40-4 Kamiyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0047 JAPAN
[Festivals and prizes] Bangkok International Film Festival 2005, Yamagata IDFF 2005
[Synopsis] Two HIV-positive families from a village in Northern Thailand look ahead to their future, with their feet planted on the ground. Anna, who contracted HIV through her ex-husband, lives a peaceful life with her new husband while peddling fish and farming to make ends meet. Boy, a nine-year-old who lives in a neighboring town goes back to school after a long period of absentia due to his illness, yet is soon hospitalized with AIDS and gradually wastes away. The pathos of life seeps through the lush green landscapes and the mellow passing of time. Following these families during her three-year residency in Thailand, the Japanese director captures their hope for life and embracing of death.
Born 1970 in Ibaraki Prefecture, Naoi Riyo is a member of Asia Press International. She has been living in Thailand since 1999. Between 2001 and 2004, she produced her first feature-length documentary, Yesterday Today Tomorrow. The English version, completed this January, was submitted for the 2005 Bangkok International Film Festival. After returning to Japan, she completed the Japanese version in May. Currently, she is preparing independent screenings of her film in Japan and Thailand.