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ITAKO :: VISIONS

A documentary about shamans, death and better life

When we left for Japan in the Summer 2012, we began our journey a little unprepared, without actually knowing what we would have found; to be completely honest, we didn't quite know what to look for. We just had one certainty: we were going to me a blind shaman, a shaman who speaks with the dead. An itako.
Itako chanting
Itako chanting
She is the reason we travelled across the world, with her promise of a meeting with something lost or forgotten, maybe only longed for.
Whatever was there, waiting for us, we knew it would have involved a new way to think about death, especially about the relationships with those on the other side.
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Mount Osore
Mount Osore
That's it. Maybe that is the real reason that made us leave in the first place, that pushed us toward this adventure.

Praying at the lake
Praying at the lake

Who's behind

On the road
On the road

Ours was a coral adventure. This journey could happen only because we were lucky enough to meet incredible people on our path. 

We are a small team (a couple of friends actually) who worked together with interpreters, translators, other researchers and professors in order to give life to this exciting experience.

Edmondo Perrone, the videomaker, was born long time ago in the South of Italy. His research is focused basically on life: his life, in the first place. This research pass through different learning levels: at first telecommunication engeneer for 4 years, then graphic designer and artist for other 4 years as well, now web designer, camera operator, photography director for short films and enthusiastic photographer all along.

Marianna Zanetta, the anthropologist, was born in Turin in a cold winter day. She obtained the Master Degree in Science of Religions with the specialization on Japanese religions. She recently obtained a PhD in Religious Anthropology and Far Eastern Studies at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Sorbonne) in Paris, after a 2-years fieldwork in Japan with a research project on japanese Shamanism.

Where are we now

We are at the final steps of our journey, now; all the materials have been shot and edited, and are now ready for distribution.
But yes, we still need your help...


Risks and challenges

We are a team of anthropologists, travelers and directors, so we are well equiped for the most part of the project, but we need some help to perfect the detail and give you a fully professional experience.

We took on ourselves the majority of the risks; we invested our own savings for the trips, for the materials, for the technologies.
The real challenge is to offer this amazing product the appropriate chance to shine!

To improve the experience we need help to add a proper actor voice who can lead you through our journey. We also need a check with a subtitle dude, who can help us improve the texts and the synchro with Japanese language; finally we are hoping to develop the project in a longer movie, and in possible sequel, give the enormous amount of material we have. For this end, we need help translating it from Japanese dialect of Aomori and north Tohoku, so that we can bring you along in the adventure.

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