Shoko Hara & Paul Brenner

About the film "ABITA"

So we used japanese symbolism in our film. Dragonfly represents at first the japanese island, because of its form. Dragonfly also symbolizes hope, perspective, dream, energy in Japan and it unites all the natural elements like water, earth and air. these was destroyed in children with the fukushima desaster, they don't have any perspectives for their future. Forthermore dragonflies in japan are carriers of fertility. The Dragonfly represents the innerworld of the child, that it wants to be free in nature, but it can't. Dragonfly is a popular symbol in japan and we often use it in arts, poetics and in literatures.


Shoko Hara, born in June, 28th 1988 in Okayama/Japan and moved to Germany in 1998.

Paul Brenner born in October 8th 1988 in Tübingen/Germany. They both studied Media Design at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative University (Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg) in Ravensburg of Southern Germany.

Abita is their first film and was made for their Bachelor of Arts-film 2012.

Since October 2012 they study Motion Design at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg.