YIDFF Network Special Screenings

The YIDFF Network is a volunteer group that was brought together for the inaugural YIDFF in 1989 at the initiative of filmmaker Ogawa Shinsuke. Since that time, the group has continued to be active on a wide range of levels, including organizing Friday Theater, a series of screenings aimed at the general public. Some volunteers have been involved in the selection process for the International Competition as well as past New Asian Currents and Japanese Panorama programs. They also undertake tasks during the festival, including reporting for, editing, and publishing the Daily Bulletin, as well as videotaping and photographing the proceedings. Recent years have seen growing involvement from students and those living outside Yamagata. YIDFF Network Special Screenings are organized for each festival with the intention of presenting films reflecting the volunteers’ own perspectives. The work we will screen at this year’s festival is one by a director familiar to YIDFF.

Masuya Shuichi


Reviving Recipes

(Yomigaeri no reshipi)

JAPAN / 2011 / Japanese / Color / Video / 95 min

Director, Editing: Watanabe Satoshi
Photography: Hotta Yasuhiro
Sound: Sato Koichi, Takahashi Shinsuke Sound
Mixing: Ishidera Kenichi
Music: Suzuki Haruyuki
Production Company, World Sales: Movie “Reviving Recipes” Production Committee www.y-recipe.net

The story of people who enrich relationships between food and agriculture through encounters with traditional crops and their producers. A scientist who researches the significance of traditional methods of cultivation and the composition of the produce. A cook who brings out the special qualities of this produce in through original dishes. And the producers who, unbidden, have protected the seeds of these crops and who offer a glimpse of an agriculture that is vanishing. The film pursues the links and bonds among Yamagata people that nurture not only a diversity of produce, but also diverse values within the region.

- Watanabe Satoshi

Born in 1981 in Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture. After graduating from Tohoku University of Art & Design, he studied under the director Iizuka Toshio. He filmed and edited Iizuka’s An die Freude (2006). A Movie Capital Again (2007), for which he did the cinematography, and Hijiori, Cure Resort (2009), which he directed, were both presented as YIDFF Network Special Screenings at past festivals.