Kira Dane Kira Dane is a filmmaker from New York based in Nara, Japan. She's interested in telling stories by digging for nuance in the overlooked corners of well-known topics, and often utilizes animation and experimental form in her work. Kira's film Mizuko was supported by Tribeca Film Institute, and she was a 2019 fellow of the Sundance Ignite Program.
In Japanese, the term mizuko, “water child,” refers to miscarried, stillborn, and aborted pregnancies. This intimate animated film depicts co-director Kira Dane’s experience of abortion, juxtaposing American culture with the Japanese Buddhist Jizo rite for grieving lost pregnancies.