Filmmaking and the Way to the Village

1973 / B&W / 16mm / 54 min/Japanese with English subtitles

Production Company: Ogawa Productions
Staff: Fukuda Katsuhiko (Director, Editing, Sound), Asanuma Yukikazu (Adviser), Iizuka Toshio (Producer), Kawakami Koichi (Photography), Nakano Chihiro (Assistant Editor)
Hara Tadashi (Camera Assistant )

This is an unreleased film about Ogawa Productions by the late Fukuda Katsuhiko. It was apparently made to introduce audiences to the collective that had captured their imaginations, and to allow assistant director Fukuda make a practice film. It offers a snapshot that freezes a pivotal moment in Ogawa Production's history, just as they were finishing Heta Village in 1973 and immediately before their departure from Sanrizuka for Yamagata (although Fukuda himself would quit the collective to remain in Sanrizuka and make his own documentaries). This is an interesting period in the history of Ogawa Productions. Their abandonment of the violent spectacle of the demonstrations for the daily life of the doomed village was nearly complete. This new approach to documentary filmmaking made Ogawa Productions stand out in an era where much of the film world was debating the nature of a "movement cinema." Ogawa Productions demonstrated a conceptualization of cinema that aspired to collective decision-making and an unusual degree of partnership with their subjects. As a document of this process, this film raises fascinating questions about authorship in documentary cinema, and the elaborate tensions between direction and collaboration.
[Abé Mark Nornes]


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