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Black Box Diaries

Directed by Shiori Itō
Japan, UK, USA
102 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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Journalist Shiori Itō fights to bring her high-profile rapist to justice in this Sundance-selected first-person documentary exposing outdated gender politics.

When Shiori told the police that she was sexually assaulted by a powerful media figure, the authorities decided not to pursue the case. Her parents also discouraged her, knowing their daughter would be stigmatised. Nevertheless, Shiori decided to go public, and was subsequently slandered and forced into hiding. Bravely, she continued her own investigation, exposing Japan’s outdated judicial system and patriarchal norms, writing a bestselling book, and eventually directing this film. Shiori’s raw and courageous documentary echoes sexual assault cases in our own backyard and makes for timely and essential viewing.

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Shiori Itō changed the world. And Black Box Diaries is a monument to her determination and sacrifice, as well as one of the best documentaries you’ll see all year
Marlow Stern, Rolling Stone
Not just a damning analysis of patriarchal power structures in contemporary Japan, but a vivid evocation of the day-to-day psychological swings and breaks that come with living as a survivor
Guy Lodge, Variety
Black Box Diaries is a generous, courageous, and ultimately hopeful film end to end, cementing Itō – named by Time as one of the world’s most influential people in 2020 – as a significant new voice
Tomris Laffly, Harper’s Bazaar

Special Guest

Shiori Ito
Shiori Ito is a journalist, writer, and documentary filmmaker. As a co-founder of Hanashi Films, Ito has collaborated with numerous Tokyo and London-based clients, including NHK, BBC, and Al Jazeera. Ito published her book Black Box in 2017 – exploring her experiences with sexual assault and sexism in Japan – which won the Free Press Association of Japan Award for Best Journalism in 2018.


Thu 6 Jun
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 3
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Sun 9 Jun
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 11
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
International Documentaries
Unclassified 18+
Japan, UK, USA
In Japanese with English subtitles
Shiori Itō
Shiori Itō, Hanna Aqvilin, Eric Nyari
Shiori Itō, Hanna Aqvilin, Yuta Okamura, Keke Shiratama, Yuichiro Otsuka
Ema Ryan Yamazaki
Australian Premiere
Women Directors, Focus on Women, Asia, Literary & Adaptations, Human Rights
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