‘Water children‘ by Dutch Film-maker Aliona van der Horst is a documentary film about fertility, womanhood and nature. It follows Japanese pianist and artist Tomoko Mukaiyama who made an art installation of twelve thousand white silk dresses, some tainted by menstruation blood, creating a chapel-like space in which visitors could walk through and experience as a spiritual journey.
I found the film very moving. Various women- including the film maker herself- talk about their wish to have children, about babies that were never born (in Japanese ‘water children’ are miscarried babies), their sexuality, desires and feelings of loss. It has a slow poetic pace, images of nature incorporated into the narrative. The cycle of life and death.
Tomoko Mukaiyama’s installation is like a delicate painting drawn with precise brush strokes. Its beauty and structure draw you in, create a complete universe. I wish I could experience it on location, but even through a small TV screen I could feel its intensity and uplifting qualities.