Last month I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the San Francisco premiere of Japanese Skate Film, Joy and Sorrow 3. All of the skateboarders in the film are women, including Yuri Murai (pictured above) who skated AND directed the film and is the mover and shaker behind the entire project as well as it’s predecessors Joy and Sorrow 1 & 2.
PICTURED ABOVE: *LEFT* KAORI, ONE OF THE FEATURED SKATEBOARDERS IN THE FILM.
*RIGHT* YURI FILMS KAORI’S PART IN JOY AND SORROW 3
In an interview with Sidewalk Magazine Yuri revealed that she funded the film herself and spent weeknights and weekends filming and editing it while working at a life insurance agency during the day. It was truly an honor being able to meet such an accomplished and independent woman, even though we weren’t able to communicate much due to the language barrier.
The film itself was innovative and every single part was exciting to watch. I’ll avoid getting in to details because it is so good i don’t want to spoil any of it. Below is a photo diary of the premiere. I will include a link on where to purchase the film at the end of the post.
I met these three stylish ladies while waiting in line. My friend and I drove up that same morning from Los Angeles and almost broke down due to car issues on the way there. We arrived just in time to hear the organizers of the event telling everyone in line and many others just arriving that the venue was at capacity but to stick around because they may let more people in if others leave.
I noticed quite a few people tried to stick it out. Others went to the Skater of the Year party that was happening nearby. I got very lucky and did not have to wait very long and did not miss any of the film!
Snapped a few quick pictures of the crowd during the “previews”.
Post movie fun.
Above: My favorite photo of the night. This young lady’s face and hairstyle reminded me of a silent film star or 40s film noir startlet. Divine….
This young woman is named Kim Woozy. She is the founder of Mahfia TV, an online platform for girl’s action sports media. She is also the Director of Development for the San Francisco chapter of Skate Like a Girl. Skate Like a Girl is a non-profit organization that puts together skate camps, competitions for girls, women, trans, non-binary, and other non-traditional skaters. Skate Like a Girl also collaborates with other like minded organizations. They helped put together the event that the Joy and Sorrow 3 premiere was a part of. After the movie there was an art show and raffle. The proceeds went to help fund the Skate Like a Girl non-profit.
PHOTO COURTESY OF YURI MURAI’S Intsagram yuriyuri_desu
Click here to purchase a copy of Joy and Sorrow 2. I did a bit of research and only saw copies of Joy and Sorrow 3 being sold in Yen. As soon as I find a link to purchase it in USD or other currency I will link it here.
For those of you that are able to purchase it in Yen click here.
Interested in participating in other Skate Like a Girl events? Click here.
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