Black Daruma + Short Film: Spirit of Independence 18

Add to your watch list

From the archive

This film was last shown on 29 September 2023

Struggling with unemployment and a lack of purpose in life, Ryan impulsively buys a Japanese ‘luck’ doll at a local emporium and takes it home to his girlfriend, hoping his fortunes might change. Reluctant to entertain his wishful thinking and annoying pranks with the Doll, Louise finally persuades Ryan to throw the Doll away. But somehow the Doll reappears and tension in the house grows as circumstances for Ryan go from bad to worse.

​Black Daruma is a uniquely shot film, told entirely from the perspective of a doll. Made by local filmmakers, Fionn and Toby Watts, the film will have its world premiere at the festival.

Daruma will be supported by the short film:


Directed by Nick Rubino

Running Time: 17min

While living off the grid in rural Ohio, a son’s father goes missing. His estranged uncle travels to join him in hopes of finding answers.

Fionn Watts, Toby Watts
1 hour 15 minutes
David Castleford, Julie Higginson, Louise O’ Leary, Madeline Percival, Richard Galloway, Rowe David McClelland, Ruth Langrick


We use cookies to help us provide you with a better service, but do not track anything that can be used to personally identify you. If you prefer us not to set these cookies, please visit our Cookie Settings page or continue browsing our site to accept them. Close