Declaring the opening of the 24th DigiCon6 ASIA
Epidemics, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, typhoons, global warming, war. The world is full of unbearable things, but I believe there are also small but precious things. They are what hold us together in the world. The unchanging activities of nature, lovely landscapes, nostalgic smiles... A picture in an art book, a poem, a beautiful melody...
There is an Iranian animated film called "Tangle.” It is about a young girl who has lost her family and has been forced to flee her home. She runs away from gunshots and fire. Countless threads of memories entangle and get twisted. When she finally reaches the border, the threads break.
Sadness, fear, despair, and prayer are all contained in this seven-minute, black-and-white, dialogue-free film.
Television, newspapers, and the Internet are filled with countless news stories. I am a mere stranger to most of the developments.
We think about what is happening in a distant foreign country. It is not happening here. But it is undeniably happening. Thinking about the girl in "Tangle" brings us a little closer to the contradictions of society and the truth of the world.
As in 2020, we were not able to meet any of the international award winners or other associated parties in 2021. Although it is difficult to predict what will happen in November 2022 in terms of the coronavirus outbreak and the global situation, for the first time in three years, we hope to be able to invite participants from overseas to the annual event in Tokyo.
“Welcome!” “How nice to see you” “Nice to meet you” “It’s been a long time” “So glad you could make it” “I’m so happy to see you” I declare the opening of the 24th DigiCon6 ASIA as I dream of the day when I can see you all and smile.
March 24, 2022
DigiCon6 ASIA Festival Director