I have no memory of my direction (2005)

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“I have no memory of my direction” is a feature length experimental narrative. The story unfolds through a Canadian-born Japanese woman’s voice-over as she dreams her way though Japan. Ostensibly searching for an emotional connection with her aging father, the woman contemplates her own inherited culture and familial touchstones. Her North American pop culture sensibility fuses with a distorted Japanese perspective to create a surreal interpretation of a “Japan of the imagination.” This fictional landscape is peppered with invented Japanese myths, ruminations on memory loss, the temporal space of digital photography and the ghosts of inherited imagination.

Honorable Mention Award, Ann Arbor Film Festival 2006

Produced with the assistance of: The Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council


  • Written, Directed, Dreamt by: Midi Onodera
  • Story Editor: Barbara O’Kelly
  • Vocal Coach: Barbara Gordon
  • Japanese Language Coach: Tomoko Makabe
  • Title Calligraphy by: Noriko Maeda
  • Consultant Editor & On-line Editor: Warren Chinn
  • Special Effects by: Blair MacKinnon
  • Soundscapes by: Lewis Kaye
  • Sound Editor: Chandra Bulucon, Puppy Machine
  • Sound Mixer: Kevin Tokar
  • On-line Editing Facilities: Triangle Studios
  • Mixing Facilities: Kitchen Sync Digital Audio

In the series 1995-2005