Halving the Bones: A film by Ruth Ozeki

Halving the Bones: A film by Ruth Ozeki

Women Make Movies
70 minutes
Color/BW, DVD

Ruth Ozeki, Filmmaker, Novelist, and Zen Buddhist Priest

Skeletons in the closet? Halving the Bones delivers a surprising twist to this tale. This cleverly-constructed film tells the story of Ruth, a half-Japanese filmmaker living in New York, who has inherited a can of bones that she keeps on a shelf in her closet. The bones are half of the remains of her dead Japanese grandmother, which she is supposed to deliver to her estranged mother. A narrative and visual web of family stories, home movies and documentary footage, Halving the Bones provides a spirited exploration of the meaning of family, history and memory, cultural identity and what it means to have been named after Babe Ruth!


  • Sundance Film Festival
  • International Documentary Association Award Nomination
  • Sydney & Melbourne Film Festivals
  • Margaret Mead Film Festival
  • San Francisco Asian American Film Festival
  • Montreal World Film Festival
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