Born in Hiroshima in 1972, Sunairi lives in NYC. In the last decade, Sunairi has been making film works, expanding and experimenting with contents and forms of documentary films. From personal issues to collective memory and the public sphere, Sunairi creates each film’s distinct approach and style; Making Mistakes, a soul-searching journey in Tibet, COSMIC MOVEMENTS, a traditional ethnography on a group of Mexican Americans and Chicanos – indigenous people with roots in Mexico practicing the tradition of Anahuac (Aztec), Where it flows out into the plains, a meditative and spritual travelogue in India, air, about the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, 48 years – 沈黙の独裁者 (日本語), 48 years – Silent Dictator (English), an interview documentary with Iwao Hakamada, known as the world’s longest-held death row inmate.
Currently Sunairi is in post-production with 石川真生 – オキナワより愛を込めて / Mao Ishikawa – From Okinawa with Love, about a Okinawan photographer Mao Ishikawa’s photo book of okinawan/Japanese women with American GI as well as オキナワ、オキナワ / OKINAWA, OKINAWA, the history of sexual crimes by the US military in Okinawa, and Qué Tan Lejos / How Far Am I, a meditation on the relationship between reality and creation/poetry, personal and universal values in the changing context of a city, Juarez that rose out of the drug war in Mexico. The script was co-written with the protagonist, José Luis Rico.
Sunairi is researching to shoot in 2020, DAS, a hybrid biography/fiction film of Jibanananda Das, a Bengali poet, writer, novelist and essayist, known as the “most alone of poets.” A series of shorts will be released from a feature experimental documentary film, Making of DAS, based on filmic research trip to Jibanananda’s environments, capturing testimonies and Das poetry recitations.
Sunairi has presented a series of sculptural works about public memory, including: A Night of Elephants, a sculpture using A-bombed trees at Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art; White Elephant, a life-sized ceramic at Japan Society; and Elephant, a sculpture using local trees at the Queens Museum. Since 2006, Sunairi has been distributing seeds of the Hibaku Jumoku– trees that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima around the world in Tree Project with Majulah Singapura, a film about the launching of Tree Project premiered in Singapore.