Ayano Tsukimi

Valley of Dolls by john cheng

Berlin-based filmmaker Fritz Schumann, profiles Ayano Tsukimi, a 64-year-old resident of the largely-abandoned village of Nagoro in his short documentary, “Valley of Dolls."

Tsukimi, over a span of 10 years, has sewed around 350 life-sized dolls to represent people who have died or moved away from the village that she resides in. There is something very meditative and tranquil behind her constant creation of these dolls.