つくる・見せる・変える〜日本・韓国のビデオアクティビズム The main idea of "Video Activism" is that the completion of the work itself does not mean the end of the filmmaker's role. Building relationships with the film's subjects continues well beyond the end of production. By taking full responsibility for distribution, the filmmaker is directly involved in screenings, meetings and events, thereby establishing and developing personal relationships with all sorts of organizations. This is the filmmaker's bid to raise awareness in our society and lead for change.

In the early '90s, the works of Paper Tiger TV in New York were introduced to Japan. Their alternative work, in contrast to the media of the time, was powerful and sometimes humorous, and it brought the new idea of "Video Activism" to Japan. Further-more, developments in video technology opened up opportunities for many individuals to start making cheaper, easier and better quality videos. This new style of video-making provided more freedom than old style documentary filmmaking, and many original video works based on the often very personal point of view of their makers are now emerging in this idiom. It is becoming increasingly important to look closely at the "Video Activism" movement in order to reflect upon the future of documentary and media.

Under the auspices of the staff of VIDEO ACT! of Japan, this program will look at the present state of this independent form of expression in Korea and Japan. The two societies shall be approached through the screenings of new works from both countries, treating similar topics such as the plight of the homeless, female sexuality, the problems faced by younger generations, and the power struggle between workers, unions, and management.

NIPPON, WAR, ME - 1999

Japan / 1999 / Japanese, English / Color / Video / 70min

This is a call for entries for 3 minute videos on any subject related to "Japan, War and Me." The videos sent from the public will be put together and screened as they are at this year's Film Festival. This is "Video Activism" in practice, where anyone can have a voice.

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