At one end of an extreme spectrum, communities can spark revolutions - on the other hand, their transformative impact can appear in the more subtle form of a team. Regardless of its form, the unifying power of a shared goal endows an individual with the ability to achieve at a far greater level than he or she would be capable of alone.
Social psychologists have researched this phenomenon through experiments and statistical analyses; we, Gabriel Aguto, Chandler Collins, Keelyn McCabe and Blaise Sevier, intend to explore it through the lens of a camera.
Unique to Japan, this sport provides the perfect outlet for honing our videography skills. The combination of this personal desire with an academic component resulted in the birth of our project. We are curious to understand how Japanese ekiden teams reflect longstanding societal values as well as capture this dynamic on film.