Japan Prize 2023
The Japan Prize Festival Week

November 23 (Thu) Day 4

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Award-winners Screenings & Discussions

- Desert Lights (18 min 56 sec, Chile)

Screening Schedule

  • Desert Lights
    • Y016 Desert Lights
    • Chile

    12-year old Antay’s town in Chile’s Atacama Desert is failing in front of his eyes due to the ever-worsening drought. As other families move out, his football team, too, is in danger of folding. Determined nonetheless to live childhood to the full with his teammates and other children, he places his final hope in the ties that bind the last remaining residents.
    Co-author and director Katherina Harder Sacre based this work on her findings about what is happening now in various communities across her north Chilean homeland. In addition to climate change, the causes include a broad range of social issues from exploitation of mineral resources to privatization of the water supply.
    The discussion after the screening will feature Harder’s creative processes with a special focus on how the polished script and stunning cinematography can combine to present complex themes through a simple story.

    Katherina Harder Sacre

    Katherina Harder Sacre