Caniba | 人食い

We're proud to present the UK premiere of Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor's (Leviathan) Caniba – the latest project from the innovative Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab. 


Caniba invites viewers to  spend 90 minutes in the company of the infamous cannibal Issei Sagawa  who, in 1981, murdered and partially ate a fellow student whilst  studying at the Sorbonne in Paris. Due to a ruling of insanity by a French court and legal technicalities in Japan, Sagawa was allowed to return to his native country a free man, where he continues to make a living from his macabre celebrity. 


Paravel and Castaing-Taylor’s  documentary is a stylistically experimental and thematically challenging  viewing experience. Shot in unbroken takes and extreme close-ups, the  audience is forced to look into an abject abyss. Revulsion might be  expected from this encounter, but more disturbing is to recognise  Sagawa’s humanity, or to empathise with him. Such was the case when Caniba screened at the Venice Film Festival: some walked out, yet the film walked off with the Special Orizzonti Jury Prize. 


Caniba will screen at 6.30pm on Saturday 16th December at Bertha DocHouse, Curzon Bloomsbury. Tickets here: dochouse.org/cinema/screenings/caniba