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  • Director

    Emma Kawawada

  • Starring

    Arashi Lina, Okudaira Daiken

  • Run Time

    114 mins

  • Release Year


  • Country of Origin

    Japan, France

  • Language

    Japanese, Turkish, Kurdish

  • Director of Photography: Shinomiya Hidetoshi

  • Editor: Fushima Shinichi

  • Production Designer: Seo Hyeonsun

  • Sound Production: Yaei Yuki


My Small Land (マイスモールランド)

Part of the Heartbreakers Strand


EIFF is pleased to welcome Emma Kawawada to Edinburgh this Summer to present My Small Land and meet audiences in a post-screening Q&A.

Sarya was only five when her family left Kurdistan to start anew in Japan. Now a teenager, she is finally settling in, finding confidence through her growing grasp of the language and excitedly planning her college application. Her dreams are suddenly and painfully shattered when her father’s asylum application is denied, sending her family into agonising uncertainty. It is no coincidence Kawawada’s directorial debut plays with the tenderness of a Kore-eda: the Japanese auteur is her longtime mentor. [15] Rafa Sales Ross

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