Special Invitation Films
The festival closes with A Boatload of Wild Irishmen, a biography of early documentarist Robert Flaherty whose name crowns YIDFF’s Grand Prix. Our other special invitations include: Far from Afghanistan is an omnibus project by John Gianvito, Jon Jost and other filmmakers who take a critical look at the longest overseas war in US history. Nuchigafu—Life Is a Treasure uncovers facts about the military’s role in “group suicides” among civilians during the Battle of Okinawa, and the fates of Korean men and women brought to Okinawa during the war. Haneda Sumiko captures modern dance pioneer Akiko Kanda’s extraordinary drive to perform in And Then Akiko Is . . . . Ogawa Shinsuke’s 1967 Report from Haneda bristles with clashing protesters and riot police and the death of a student.
Venues: Central Public Hall 6F, Yamagata Citizens’ Hall (Large Hall), Yamagata Museum of Art 1
- A Boatload of Wild Irishmen Dir: Mac Dara Ó’Curraidhín / IRELAND, UK / 2011 / 84 min
Far from Afghanistan Dirs: John Gianvito, Jon Jost, Soon-Mi Yoo, Minda Martin, Travis Wilkerson / USA, AFGHANISTAN / 2012 / 129 min
Nuchigafu—Life Is a Treasure Dir: Park Soo-nam / JAPAN / 2012 / 132 min
And Then Akiko Is . . . A Portrait of a Dancer Dir: Haneda Sumiko / JAPAN / 2012 / 120 min
Report from Haneda Dir: Ogawa Shinsuke / JAPAN / 1967 / 58 min
YIDFF Network Special Screenings
The YIDFF Network is a volunteer group that was brought together for the inaugural YIDFF in 1989, as an initiative of Ogawa Shinsuke. Since that time, the group has continued to be active on a wide range of levels. YIDFF Network Special Screenings are organized for each Festival, with the intention of presenting films from the volunteers’ original perspectives.
Venues: Yamagata Citizens’ Hall (Large), Forum3
China to Japan—Japanese Woman with Chinese Mother Tongue Dir: Chitose Chihiro / JAPAN / 2013 / 108 min
Challenge to Puccini—Takao Okamura: A Life Dedicated to Opera Dir: Iizuka Toshio / JAPAN / 2012 / 88 min
Venue: Yamagata Manabikan
- Gallery Maki: Takashi Screenings 2005–2013 in Yamagata
- “Kikan Takashi,” a screening series held between 2005–2013 at Gallery Maki in Tokyo went into hiatus after 17 editions. A collection of films made by Takashi Toshiko from the series will be shown here in Yamagata.
Visual Anthropology Today
- Young Japanese anthropologists present films about the Baka of Cameroon; people of Gondar, Ethiopia; the Tai of Yunnan, China.
Room 11, Ethiopia Hotel Dir: Kawase Itsushi / JAPAN / 2006
jo joko Dir: Bundo Daisuke / JAPAN / 2012
Creation and Chanting of Lik Yaat Dir: Ito Satoru / JAPAN / 2011
Yamagata University presents: East and Central European Documentary Films after the End of the Cold War
- 1989 is the year YIDFF started, and also when eastern and central European countries experienced the fall of the Iron Curtain. Documentary filmmakers have recorded social and cultural changes in this area for over 20 years since. Viewing some of these films submitted to YIDFF, some of which were invited to past festivals, we will discuss the historical development of documentary filmmaking in this region.
Lecturer: Ogura Hikaru (Tokyo University), IioTadaki (Josai University), Takahashi Kazu (Yamagata University)
Co-presented by Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival
The Siberian Lesson Dir: Wojciech Staroń / POLAND / 1998
Last Farewell USSR Dir: Alexander Rodnyansky / UKRAINE / 1994
Stubborn Dreams Dir: Szobolits Béla / HUNGARY / 1989
I am Von Höfler (Variation on Werther) Dir: Forgács Péter / HUNGARY / 2008
Memories and Dreams Dir: Lynn-Maree Milburn / AUSTRALIA / 1993
Paper Heads Dir: Dušan Hanák / SLOVAKIA / 1996
Yamagata Film Criticism Workshop
This project aims to encourage thinking, writing, and reading about film, using documentaries as an entry point, while offering immersion in the live atmosphere of an international film festival. Participants will receive guidance from professional film critics and write their own articles, which will be presented publicly.
- Duration: October 11 (Fri)–14 (Mon)
- Place: Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival
- Mentors: Film critics Chris Fujiwara (English) and Kitakoji Takashi (Japanese)