Fritz Schumann is a young journalist and photographer from Berlin, Germany.
The Valley of Dolls is his short film/documentary about Ayano Tsukimi, a 65 year old woman living in Nagoro, a village in eastern Iya on Shikoku, one of the four main islands of Japan. The village was once home to many, but now the population is down to below 40 people. For those who die or move away, Ayano Tsukimi is making lifesized dolls in their liking and puts them in places that were important to them. The dolls are scattered around the whole valley. She is married, but her husband and daughter are living away from her in Osaka. She’s living alone with her 83 year old father in the house of her family. This film talks to Tsukimi about her activities.