Yamagata: Exclusive Showcase of Japanese Documentary Filmmaking is now ONLINE for FREE

A ten-film choice by the programmers of certainly one of Asia’s most revered documentary festivals highlights key works from Yamagata’s greater than three a long time of existence. This unique focus options documentaries by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Naomi Kawase, and Ogawa Productions, amongst many others. DAFilms, the VOD platform of the competition affiliation Doc Alliance, begins 2022 by partnering with YIDFF on an internet program, out there free for one week then for subscribers for an additional two weeks.

The ten movies in Made in Japan, Yamagata 1989 – 2021 hint a curious and provoking pathway via the historical past of certainly one of Asia’s most celebrated movie festivals. This system is bookended by a cinematic report of the inaugural YIDFF in 1989, produced by Shinsuke Ogawa’s Ogawa Professional (A Film Capital), and a 2021 documentary concerning the pandemic-induced closure of a standard pickle store, itself a memorable and essential social house for the attendees of Yamagata each two years (Pickles and Komian Membership). 

Program Coordinator and YIDFF board member Fujioka Asako says, “That is the primary time Yamagata is presenting any on-line movie program on a world-wide scale. Audiences are in for a deal with as essential rediscoveries (A Film Capital and Residing on the River Agano) have been digitized with renewed English subtitles. It will give documentary followers world wide an actual taste of what Yamagata is all about.” 

The entire choice will probably be out there fully without cost on DAFilms.com from January 17 – 23 at this hyperlink: https://dafilms.com/program/1126-made-in-japan-yamagata-1989-2021

Between the dual poles of A Film Capital and Pickles and Komian Membership from 1989/1991 and 2021, audiences will be capable to uncover an additional 8 titles drawn from the competition’s Worldwide Competitors and New Asian Currents sections. For these two intently curated competition sections, solely a hard and fast variety of Japanese movies have been invited over the 17 editions of the biannual competition, an indication of the importance of these that includes in DAFilms’ program.

Collectively, Made in Japan, Yamagata 1989 – 2021 offers a real sense of the depth of Yamagata’s curatorial imaginative and prescient, starting from essential early works by now celebrated auteurs — together with The Weald (1997) by Naomi Kawase, within the yr she completes her epic movie concerning the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and Storytellers (2013) co-directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, in a second the place his work has obtained really boundless acclaim by critics, competition programmers, and audiences alike — to lesser recognized or older titles that as an ensemble counsel a richness of tone and topic that few documentary festivals can boast.

“Few festivals on the earth carry with them the sheer cinephile status of an establishment like YIDFF,” says Christopher Small, head curator of DAFilms.com. “After collaborating final yr with outstanding festivals in Korea (Jeonju), Indonesia (Arkipel), and Taiwan (TIDF), we’re delighted to lastly arrive on the shores of Japan with this particular collaboration with Yamagata. Their workforce crafted a program that actually spans the size and breadth of their three-decade historical past, synthesising so lots of the most vital themes and types of experimentation right into a unified collection of really exceptional Japanese documentary cinema.”

Made in Japan, Yamagata 1989 – 2021

Accessible on DAFilms from January 17 – February 6

Free for registered customers for the primary week

  • A Film Capital // Toshio IIZUKA // 1991
  • Residing on the River Agano // Makoto SATO // 1992
  • The Weald // Naomi KAWASE // 1997
  • The New God // Yutaka TSUCHIYA // 1999
  • A2 // Tatsuya MORI // 2001
  • The Cheese and the Worms // Haruyo KATO // 2005
  • Pricey Pyongyang // Yonghee YANG // 2005
  • Storytellers // Ko SAKAI, Ryusuke HAMAGUCHI // 2013
  • Cenote // Kaori ODA // 2019
  • Komian and Pickles // Koichi SATO // 2021

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