Islands / I Lands—Cinemas in Exile
Spatiality. Physicality. They are both things we must not leave out when we think about documentaries and film production. And so, by “islands” we mean not only bodies of land surrounded by water; we also take it to mean spaces that possess their own identities even while serving as the fringes of a larger world. We can say that those of us who live in the cross-currents are ourselves islands, and the creative work of artists as well as their films themselves are all islands of a sort. In this program, these distinct, and singular, films and their creators will encounter other films and other creators, as well as an audience, and draw a map of the “I Lands” together. A place where we can speculate at our leisure: “Islands / I Lands” is now open!
Venue: Yamagata Citizens’ Hall (Small Hall)
Asian works will provide the melody, but in addition to works from the Amami Islands, Indonesia, Korea, Okinawa, and the Philippines, the work of Jean-Daniel Pollet in their Japanese premiere and important Japanese “cultural films” from the archives will also send their strains whispering, murmuring, lamenting, and rejoicing across the deep.
The Sorceress of Dirah Dir: Sardono W. Kusumo / INDONESIA / 1992 / Video / 39 min • Oct. 9
Meta Ekologi Dir: Gotot Prakosa / INDONESIA / 1979 / 16mm / 15 min • Oct. 9
Foreign Sky Dir: Kum Soni / KOREA / 2005 / Video / 70 min • Oct. 10
each film . . . an island? Dir: Kidlat Tahimik / THE PHILIPPINES / 2009 / Video • Oct. 13
Accentuation Dir: Jane Jin Kaisen / DENMARK, KOREA, JAPAN / 2005 / Video / 29 min • Oct. 10
The Place Where I Live—and touch me Dir: Higa Chiaki / JAPAN / 2004 / Video / 7 min • Oct. 12
Reflection Dir: Marutani Hajime / JAPAN / 2007 / Video / 60 min • Oct. 12
Amami Film: In Memory of Miho-san Dir: Yoshimasu Gozo / JAPAN / 2008 / Video / 13 min • Oct. 11
dolce . . . Dir: Alexander Sokurov / JAPAN, RUSSIA / 1999 / Video / 63 min • Oct. 11
Puppet Shaman Star Dir: Takamine Go / JAPAN / 2008 / Video / 34 min • Oct. 10
Promised Paradise Dir: Leonard Retel Helmrich / THE NETHERLANDS, INDONESIA / 2006 / Video / 52 min • Oct. 12
Order Dir: Jean-Daniel Pollet / FRANCE / 1974 / 35mm / 42 min • Oct. 11
At the End of the Arc: Yaeyama Islands Dir: Toyono Kosuke / JAPAN / 1964 / Video / 40 min • Oct. 10
Life on Distant Islands Dir: Naeda Yasuo / JAPAN / 1961 / Video (Original: 35mm) / 20 min • Oct. 10
The Struggle Against Endemic Diseases Dir: Kikuchi Shu / JAPAN / 1961 / 16mm / 27 min • Oct. 11
We will trace the career of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, who left behind various films produced after fleeing the Korean War with her family and emigrating to the United States. Included will be Exilée, in its first screening in Japan.
Secret Spill 1974 / Video / 30 min • Oct. 10
Mouth to Mouth 1975 / Video / 8 min • Oct. 10
Vidéoème 1976 / Video / 3 min • Oct. 9
Permutations 1976 / Video / 10 min • Oct. 12
Re Dis Appearing 1977 / Video / 3 min • Oct. 13
Passages Paysages 1978 / Video / 10 min
Exilée 1980 / 16mm, Video / 50 min • Oct. 10
Together with the Japan Foundation’s Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS), we will be sponsoring an artist-in-residence; this is a first for the festival. We have invited Maria Rosalie Zerrudo, a community artist from Mindanao, Camiguin Island in the Philippines, and will screen her project from her two-month residency in Yamagata, Yellow Bridge. • Oct. 9
Also in the works: performances and talks by participants from other programs—when you least expect them!
Guests: Kum Soni, Sardono W. Kusumo, Marutani Hajime, Kidlat Tahimik, Yoshimasu Gozo, Maria Rosalie Zerrudo and others.