DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival



“Obon” is a diminutive for “hanging head down in hell and suffering,” and the name of the Japanese festival in honour of the ancestors. For the aged narrator Akiko Takakura it’s a ghostly memorial day. As one of the last survivors of the Hiroshima atomic bomb she is haunted by memories of the countless dead, above all her violent father who was reformed only by the disaster. Her incredible story, animated in sepia-coloured drawings.

Nadja Rademacher


Original Title: Obon
Country: Germany
Year: 2018
Language: Japanese
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 15 min.
Technique: Painting, Cameraless
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: André Hörmann, Anna Bergmann
Producer: André Hörmann, Christian Vizi, Anna Bergmann
Animation: Anna Bergmann
Music: Daniel Regenberg
Sound: Christoph de la Chevallerie
Script: André Hörmann

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2018 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.