NYC PREMIERE A drum master from Japan and a Korean adoptee from Minnesota boldly convene an all-female troupe to perform Taiko, the Japanese drumming art that has been off-limits to women for centuries. As the early menace of Covid rumbles in the background, the group faces down hurdles to prepare for a historic performance in snowy St. Paul. Buoyed by dynamic drum performances and do-or-die spirit, directors Dawn Mikkelson and Keri Pickett create an energizing and uplifting story of music, cultural expression and sisterhood. – Karen McMullen

The first screening will be followed by a Q&A with Dawn Mikkelson, Keri Pickett, subjects/producers Jennifer Weir, Megan Chao Smith, field producer/cinematographer Caroline Stucky

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Closed Captioning for in-person screenings at IFC Center and Cinepolis Chelsea
Closed Captioning for online screenings

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Director: Dawn Mikkelson, Keri Pickett
Producer: Dawn Mikkelson, Jennifer Weir; Associate Producer Megan Chao Smith; Field Producers Shiho Fukada, Caroline Stucky
Cinematographer: Keri Pickett (Director of Photography), Shiho Fukada, Caroline Stucky, Nanne Sørvold, Dawn Mikkelson
Editor: Dawn Mikkelson, Keri Pickett, Sam Kaiser, Carrie Shanahan
Language: English, Japanese
Country: United States of America
Year: 2022
Publicist: Cinematic Red PR