In Japanese, there's a specific word for an unborn life. Mizuko, which means "water child," is used to refer to both miscarried and aborted pregnancies. In addition to this word, there's a ritual for grief that allows women to metaphorically return their water children to the sea. Narrated by a Japanese American woman, Mizuko tells the story of her abortion in the US against the backdrop of this cultural context.

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Katelyn Rebelo

Kira Dane




Directors: Katelyn Rebelo, Kira Dane
Executive Producer: Amy Hobby
Producer: Katelyn Rebelo, Kira Dane
Screenwriter: Kira Dane
Cinematographer: Katelyn Rebelo
Editor: Katelyn Rebelo, Kira Dane
Sound Designer: Keithe Hodne
Music: Midori Hirano
Additional Credits: Watercolor Animator: Kira Dane, Stop Motion Animator: Katelyn Rebelo, Associate Producer: Gretta Wilson, Watercolor Animator: Joyce Zhao, Watercolor Animator: Melissa Garvin, Assistant Watercolor Animator: Zoya To


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Katelyn Rebelo
One Eyed Productions
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Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2019
Premiere Status: North American Premiere
Genre: Animated, Documentary, Experimental
Screening Section: Documentary Shorts Competition
Screening Category: Documentary Short
Country: Japan, United States
Language: English, Japanese
Runtime: 14 mins