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From the monthly archives: September 2012

In the middle of the night, I woke up with a huge noise. It was like a movie sound track of car chase; sound starting with a high pitch noise of skidding punctuated by explosive crash followed by quick acceleration. According to my land load who saw the crash, a car race down the block, spun around in the middle of the block crashing into three cars and kept on racing in to the dark.

One of the car, that got most damage belong to my neighbor from Grenada (an island in Caribbean Sea). The side of the car was completely smashed. Since it was a hit and run, they can’t get any money to replace the car. It was truly a misfortune event.

But when I took my dog for a walk next morning, I found a bunch of people gathering around the damaged car with their own cars. It was my neighbors friends and extended family who came to savage parts from the damaged car so that they can improve their older cars. My neighbor distributed tires, lights, car sheet, car sheet covers, electronic parts and all the usable parts to their friends and family instead of just sending the entire car to junk yard. They didn’t charge any of them, just shared.

It was a Hyenalife moment seeing my neighbor taking their misfortune as an opportunity to benefit the other by making use of what were left behind.

Damaged Car and tire taken out of the damaged car

©2013, Kunihiko Nakagawa
Documented in 2002
Length: 14:49

The film portraits a life of Michel and Alice who own a sheep farm near Toulouse, France. Alice used to work as a nurse and Michel worked as a co-op worker, but when Alice got pregnant they both quit their jobs in order to spend more time with their children.

Michel and Alice believe that mass production reduces the meat quality and the price of meat while making the work more difficult for the farmer. So they raise only two hundred sheep on the pasture paying close attention to their life cycle. Michel also planted many trees near their property in order to restore nature which has been destroyed during 1950′s. They try to live self sufficiently by relying on local market and minimizing consumption. Videographer Kunihiko Nakagawa documented their lives while living with them in 2002.

Production Credit:
Videography (Direction, Camera, Editing) by Kunihiko Nakagawa
Translation by Iki Nakagawa
Subtitling by Suguru Ikeda