My Father

1973-75, 15:24 min, b&w, sound

"Father, why did you die?" With this deeply intimate statement of grief, Kubota mourns the death of her father. Video and television are central to her ritual of mourning, and allow her father to assume a presence after death. Kubota and her father, who was dying of cancer in Japan, are seen watching television together on New Year's Eve. The suffering of father and daughter is rendered even more poignant when contrasted with the everyday banality of the pop music and New Year's celebrations on TV. After his death, Kubota weeps alone in front of a video monitor. Awash with tears and personal pain, My Father is a cathartic exorcism of grief, with video serving as witness and memory.

A Videotape by Shigeko Kubota. Editors: John G. Trayna, Shigeko Kubota. Editing/Post-Production Facilities Provided by Electronic Arts Intermix, Inc. Electronic Arts Intermix is supported by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as private funds from the Rockefeller Foundation & individuals.