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Eriko Yamato

Eriko Yamato

Documentary Film and Video

About

Born in 1972, in Kobe, Japan, Eriko graduated in 1995 with a B. A. of Laws, (Major: International Relations).  She has worked as a director for a television station in Osaka (magazine show, sports programs, radio programs).

Family Knot

video

JUNE, 2002
VIDEO DURATION: 20 MIN.

Through the stories of Becky and Kathrin, Family Knot discloses the realities of sibling abuse. Becky was shot by her old brother Chris seven years ago. Kathrin had been emotionally and physically abused by her older sister Danielle, which lead her to attempt suicide multiple times. They tell us about their struggle against their perpetrators and how their experiences have affected them. The film conveys that, despite their tragic pasts, their determination has helped bring light into their lives.


Pulse

16mm color film

JUNE, 2001
VIDEO DURATION: 6:30 MIN.
This film explores the mystique of taiko -- Japanese drums.

Train

digital video

Co-directed by Thomas Burns
MARCH, 2001
VIDEO DURATION: 6 MIN.

Locomotive engineers face the threat of unavoidable track fatalities every day, both on the job and off. Nevertheless, most engineers love their work and it is precisely this commitment that compels them to endure the extreme stress and trauma that characterizes life behind the wheel of a railroad engine. Train examines the testimonies of several veteran engineers and contrasts our experience of riding trains with the often gruesome reality of driving them.


Real & Simple

16mm black and white film

DECEMBER, 2000
VIDEO DURATION: 3 MIN.

As a teenager, Matt Tago lived on the streets in the Mission district of San Francisco. It didn't take him long to get in trouble: at the age of 18, he was caught with 3 kilograms of cocaine and served 3-and-a half years in state prison. Realizing it is not worth risking his life for money, he found a decent job and now works as a supervisor at San Francisco Conservation Corps, a non-profit outreach program for the youth. This is a story about Matt Tago, who sees his young self in the troubled and confused teenagers, trying to help them get back on the right track.