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Journalist Shiori Ito embarks on a courageous investigation of her own sexual assault in an improbable attempt to prosecute her high-profile offender. Her quest becomes a landmark case in Japan, exposing the country’s outdated judicial and societal systems.

Black Box Diaries was born out of Ito’s need to document her investigation — a response to the authorities’ refusal to pursue her case in a meaningful manner. More importantly, it was a way to journal her fears and thoughts as she anticipated the backlash that followed.

As the film’s director, Ito accomplishes something remarkable. On one hand, Black Box Diaries has a raw and honest quality to it — it’s a personal journey from the perspective of a victim piecing together the crime she experienced, while pushing herself to the extreme. At the same time, it is an impressively crafted, concise piece of filmmaking — guided by a strong sense of purpose and broken up by occasional moments of joy. Shiori Ito came forward to challenge her high-profile abuser despite knowing the risks. Her bravery meant hope for others and the prospect of real change to a broken system.—AT

This film contains discussions of sexual violence.

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  • Year
  • Runtime
    103 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    Japan/United States/United Kingdom
  • Director
    Shiori Ito
  • Executive Producer
    Mitsunobu Kawamu
  • Editor
    Ema Ryan Yamazaki
  • Producers
    Eric Nyari, Hanna Aqvilin, Shiori Ito
  • Co-Producers
    Takashi Shinomiya, Ryo Yukizane, Ryo Nagai
  • Camera by
    Hanna Aqvillin, Yuta Okamura, Shiori Ito, Keke Shiratama, Yuichiro Otsuka
  • Abstract Imagery by
    Keke Shiratama
  • Sound Design and Mix by
    Andrew Tracy
  • Consulting Editor
    Maya Daisy Hawke
  • Original Score
    Mark degli Antoni