Did You Eat Rice?, 2017, HD video, colour, sound, 52 minutes

Directed, filmed and edited by Ellie Kyungran Heo
Supported by Omachi City Council, Nagano, Japan
Developed during Asahi Artist in Residence, 2016
Translated by Youngseop Yoo & Suyeon Heo (to Korean), Domin Chong (to English)
Participants: Kazuhiro Kasag (Maruta), Kouji Yamamoto, Naho Yamamoto, Hiroko Nakazawa and 11 students at Miasa School

In Asian food culture, “Did you eat rice?” means “Have you had food?” (usually referring to a specific meal: breakfast, lunch or dinner). Additionally, it could also be used when greeting others that one may be concerned about; a substitute for “How have you been?”, “Are you OK?”, or “Is everything all right?”.
The experimental documentary film Did you eat rice?  features the sensitive relationships between some local farmers and nature, which can be seen in their ordinary lives and especially during the rice harvest in Omachi, Japan.
This work asks the question “Did you eat rice?” to various subjects in the film, including the land, the farmers, primary school students who have experienced rice growing workshops, the insects who dwell within the rice paddy and even single grains of rice that are present in every meal.

Sounds That Grow Rice, 2016, work in progress, Isshi Art Space, Omachi, Nagano, Japan

Exhibitions / Screenings
Public Art New Artist, JCC Art Center, Seoul, Korea, 2017
New Work: Plantarians, LUX Moving Image, London, UK, 2017
Solo-screening: Did You Eat Rice? represented by Mount Florida Screenings, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, UK, 2017 
Gödöllő International Nature Film Festival, Gödöllő, Hungary, 2017     
Curious Games curated by aCinema, Woodland Pattern, Wisconsin, USA, 2017
Sounds that grow rice, work in progress, Solo Screening, Isshi Art Space, Omachi, Nagano, Japan, 2016