Born in Tokyo in 1978, Yuko Ishida studied at the Film School of Tokyo under the documentary filmmaker Makoto Sato. She then joined the film production and distribution company Siglo, Ltd. She worked on the production staff for Japan’s Peace Constitution (dir. John Junkerman), All Around Us (dir. Ryosuke Hashiguchi), and Wandering Home (dir. Yoichi Higashi). She was assistant director on Makoto Sato’s Out of Place: Memories of Edward Said and editor of a series of oral histories of World War II and the atomic bombings. This is Ishida’s first film as director.