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.
ME - 1999
/ 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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