12 May 2015
We would like to congratulate the Kayako Tsuda bursary fellow 2014/2015, Iris Haukamp, for successfully defending her thesis. A Foreigner’s Dream of Japan: The struggle over power and authenticity in a German-Japanese coproduction re-evaluates the binational film project The Samurai’s Daughter (Die Tochter des Samurai, 1937, Fanck) and New Earth (Atarashiki tsuchi, 1937, Itami), and repositions it within the cultural-political and cinematic histories of Germany and Japan, from where it had been detached in favour of exclusively political interpretations. Iris feels predictably relieved, very happy, and ready to embark on new projects.
As Iris Haukamp's supervisor, Isolde Standish,offered her congratulations on an excellent thesis and well defended viva. Iris's study of the Samurai's Daughter/The New Earth, a film which has often been swept under the academic carpet of 'propaganda', provides an invaluable understanding of the complexities (industrial, political and personal) that come into play in the making of a film.