The Wound and the Gift J-Film

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan


The Wound and The Gift explores the major transformation in our relationship with animals through the growing “Rescue” movement. All over the world, people are saving the lives of animals that were bred for profit, abused, or sold on the black market.

Millions of us are adopting dogs and cats from shelters, rather than buying pets from breeders and pet stores. Many people devote their lives to providing sanctuaries and shelters for rescued animals. By caring for wounded animals in need, we are learning just how much animals give back to those who care for them.

The narrative spine of the film is an ancient fable about a wounded crane, saved by peasants, that attempts to express her gratitude with a gift. Scenes from the folktale will weave together stunning real life footage of rescued animals and their sanctuaries. As the fable and the film unfold, we cannot help but wonder: Who is saving who?

Special Guest

The JICC is honored to host the director and producer of The Wound and The Gift, Linda Hoaglund, who will briefly introduce the film and hold a Q&A Session after the screening.

About the Director

Linda Hoaglund was born and raised in Japan as the daughter of American missionaries. A graduate of Yale University, she has subtitled over 200 Japanese films, including Kurosawa's Seven Samurai and Miyazaki's Spirited Away. In 2004 she received a commendation from the Foreign Minister of Japan for her work promoting Japanese films abroad. Since 2007, she has produced and directed four films, Wings of Defeat, ANPO: Art X War, Things Left Behind and most recently, The Wound and The Gift. She is currently developing her next film, The Guardians of Edo Avant-garde.

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