Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

Programme (2020)

Atsushi Kasezawa (2020)

Japanese director Atsushi Kasezawa’s (b. 1976) documentary A STEP FORWARD follows a priest trying to save those attempting suicide on top of a cliff. The director hopes the film may help open up discussion on this difficult subject, which is still a huge societal problem in Japan. A personal tragedy lies behind the choice of subject: Kasezawa’s mentor, award-winning documentary film director Makoto Sato, took his own life in 2007.

Atsushi Kasezawa is in Helsinki from January 27 to February 1.