2008-05-30 | The YAMAGATA Documentary Film Library Friday Theater (June–July)

Screenings at the Yamagata Documentary Film Library present documentaries and movies rarely shown on television or in theaters, including works from the Film Library vaults.

The YAMAGATA Documentary Film Library Friday Theater

In Remembrance of Director Yanagisawa Hisao
June 13 (Fri) 14:00, 19:00 (screens twice)
Pampering Is Not Allowed (“Amaeru koto wa yurusarenai”)
Dir: Yanagisawa Hisao / JAPAN / 1975 / 16mm / 105 min / No English subtitles

This film is set in a workshop for severely disabled persons suffering from maladies. It records the lives of the disabled in a matter-of-fact manner. However, in the final 15 minutes, when we are shown the process by which a disabled person puts on a pair of trousers and gets into a wheelchair, we really get a sense of their everyday lives for the first time.

The Limits of Love and Hate
June 27 (Fri) 14:00, 19:00 (screens twice)
The Bitter Spirit; Immortal Love (“Eien no hito”)
Dir: Kinoshita Keisuke / Cast: Takamine Hideko, Nakadai Tatsuya, Sada Keiji, Tamura Masakazu / JAPAN / 1961 / 16mm (Orig.35mm) / 107 min / No English subtitles

Amidst the turbulence of the Showa era, one woman suffers at the whims of fate but never loses sight of herself. A tale of love and hate that unfolds at the foot of Mt. Aso.

Yamagata’s Fledgling Filmmakers—Self Documentaries
July 11 (Fri)  14:00, 19:00 (screens twice, No English subtitles)
The Apparition of Adolescence (“Shishunki borei”)
Dir: Kagami Keigo / 2007 / Video / 25 min
Family-Real-Illusion (“Kazoku genso”)
Dir: Takahashi Yui / 2007 / Video / 27 min
We Are All Singing Together (“Minna de utatteru”)
Dir: Kobayashi Kaori / 2007 / Video / 22 min
Memories of A Spider and A Leaf Beetle (“Kumo to hamushi no kioku”)
Dir: Omori Hiroki / 2007 / Video / 33 min


Masaoka Kenzo: The Father of Japanese Animation
July 25 (Fri) 14:00, 19:00 (screens twice, No English subtitles)
The Teakettle Marching Song (“Chagama Ondo”)
Dir: Masaoka Kenzo / 1934 / 16mm / 10 min
Benkei vs Ushiwaka (“Benkei tai ushiwaka”)
Dir: Masaoka Kenzo / 1939 / 16mm / 13 min
and more

Cooperation: Kobe Planet Archives

[Venue] The YAMAGATA Documentary Film Library (Yamagata Big Wing 3F)
[Admission] Free admission for members (Member’s fee: 3,000 yen for one year), One day ticket:1,000 yen
[Contact] phone: 023-666-4480 (YIDFF Yamagata office)

Upcoming Friday screenings

August 9  The Man Who Shot Zao: Tsukamoto Koji
August 22   Gocho Shigeo: The Eyes of a Photographer
September 12   YIDFF 2007 plus: The Country I’m In
September 26   The Country I’m In
October 10   Film Endures Forever: The World of Railway Films, Part 1
October 31   Film Endures Forever: The World of Railway Films, part 2
(This program is subject to change)