Mixed-media animation director Kaho Yoshida debuts a powerful personal short film entitled ‘舌 Tongue’ that confronts the culture of sexual fetishisation of Asian women and depicts Kaho’s lived experiences as an immigrant to Canada. Power is a central theme in the film as the tongue itself is key to accessing certain privileges and safety, something Kaho struggled with learning English as a teenager in a primarily English-speaking country.
Focusing on the tongue as an emblem of both pleasure and pain Kaho’s mixed-media approach adds texture and intrigue to the narrative. The sound design became an important aspect of the film, with Ana Roman creating the visceral soundscapes. Kaho wanted the tongue sounds to evoke sensuality but become borderline grotesque throughout the film.
“This film is my attempt to reclaim my power and celebrate women's sexuality and beauty - As I have sat across from men while they fetishized me, always explaining to me things I already know, I have fantasized about taking their tongues away.” - Kaho
Best Animation - Vancouver Short Film Festival 2023
Encounters Film Festival 2022
Ottawa International Animation Festival 2022
Vancouver International Film Festival 2022
Reel Asian Film Festival 2022
Montreal Festival du nouveau cinéma 2022
Vancouver Asian Film Festival 2022
Whistler Film Festival 2022
Bucharest International Animation Film Festival 2022
Animate Montreal International Animation Film Festival 2022
South Western International Film Festival 2022
Longue Vue sur le Court Festival 2022