Other Screenings

Special Invitation Films

The festival closes with A Boatload of Wild Irishmen, a biography of early documentarist Robert Flaherty whose name crowns YIDFF’s Grand Prix. Our other special invitations include: Far from Afghanistan is an omnibus project by John Gianvito, Jon Jost and other filmmakers who take a critical look at the longest overseas war in US history. Nuchigafu—Life Is a Treasure uncovers facts about the military’s role in “group suicides” among civilians during the Battle of Okinawa, and the fates of Korean men and women brought to Okinawa during the war. Haneda Sumiko captures modern dance pioneer Akiko Kanda’s extraordinary drive to perform in And Then Akiko Is . . . . Ogawa Shinsuke’s 1967 Report from Haneda bristles with clashing protesters and riot police and the death of a student.

Venues: Central Public Hall 6F, Yamagata Citizens’ Hall (Large Hall), Yamagata Museum of Art 1

A Boatload of Wild Irishmen  Dir: Mac Dara Ó’Curraidhín / IRELAND, UK / 2011 / 84 min
Far from Afghanistan  Dirs: John Gianvito, Jon Jost, Soon-Mi Yoo, Minda Martin, Travis Wilkerson / USA, AFGHANISTAN / 2012 / 129 min
Nuchigafu—Life Is a Treasure  Dir: Park Soo-nam / JAPAN / 2012 / 132 min
And Then Akiko Is . . . A Portrait of a Dancer  Dir: Haneda Sumiko / JAPAN / 2012 / 120 min
Report from Haneda  Dir: Ogawa Shinsuke / JAPAN / 1967 / 58 min
Far from Afghanistan Oct. 15 CL
And Then Akiko Is . . . A Portrait of a Dancer Oct. 15 CL
Report from Haneda Oct. 15 M1
Nuchigafu—Life Is a Treasure Oct. 16 CL
A Boatload of Irishmen Oct. 16 A6


YIDFF Network Special Screenings

The YIDFF Network is a volunteer group that was brought together for the inaugural YIDFF in 1989, as an initiative of Ogawa Shinsuke. Since that time, the group has continued to be active on a wide range of levels. YIDFF Network Special Screenings are organized for each Festival, with the intention of presenting films from the volunteers’ original perspectives.

Venues: Yamagata Citizens’ Hall (Large), Forum3

China to Japan—Japanese Woman with Chinese Mother Tongue  Dir: Chitose Chihiro / JAPAN / 2013 / 108 min
Challenge to Puccini—Takao Okamura: A Life Dedicated to Opera  Dir: Iizuka Toshio / JAPAN / 2012 / 88 min
China to Japan—Japanese woman with Chinese mother tongue Oct. 15 F3
Challenge to Puccini Oct. 16 CL


Yamagata Manabikan

Venue: Yamagata Manabikan

Gallery Maki: Takashi Screenings 2005–2013 in Yamagata
“Kikan Takashi,” a screening series held between 2005–2013 at Gallery Maki in Tokyo went into hiatus after 17 editions. A collection of films made by Takashi Toshiko from the series will be shown here in Yamagata.

Visual Anthropology Today
Young Japanese anthropologists present films about the Baka of Cameroon; people of Gondar, Ethiopia; the Tai of Yunnan, China.

Room 11, Ethiopia Hotel  Dir: Kawase Itsushi / JAPAN / 2006
jo joko  Dir: Bundo Daisuke / JAPAN / 2012
Creation and Chanting of Lik Yaat  Dir: Ito Satoru / JAPAN / 2011

Yamagata University presents: East and Central European Documentary Films after the End of the Cold War
1989 is the year YIDFF started, and also when eastern and central European countries experienced the fall of the Iron Curtain. Documentary filmmakers have recorded social and cultural changes in this area for over 20 years since. Viewing some of these films submitted to YIDFF, some of which were invited to past festivals, we will discuss the historical development of documentary filmmaking in this region.
Lecturer: Ogura Hikaru (Tokyo University), IioTadaki (Josai University), Takahashi Kazu (Yamagata University)
Co-presented by Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival

The Siberian Lesson  Dir: Wojciech Staroń / POLAND / 1998
Last Farewell USSR  Dir: Alexander Rodnyansky / UKRAINE / 1994
Stubborn Dreams  Dir: Szobolits Béla / HUNGARY / 1989
I am Von Höfler (Variation on Werther)  Dir: Forgács Péter / HUNGARY / 2008
Memories and Dreams  Dir: Lynn-Maree Milburn / AUSTRALIA / 1993
Paper Heads  Dir: Dušan Hanák / SLOVAKIA / 1996


Yamagata Film Criticism Workshop

This project aims to encourage thinking, writing, and reading about film, using documentaries as an entry point, while offering immersion in the live atmosphere of an international film festival. Participants will receive guidance from professional film critics and write their own articles, which will be presented publicly.

Duration: October 11 (Fri)–14 (Mon)
Place: Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival
Mentors: Film critics Chris Fujiwara (English) and Kitakoji Takashi (Japanese)

Docu-Yama Live! website: Yamagata Film Criticism Workshop