2009-05-01 | Monthly Yamagata relaunches!

Since Autumn last year in Tokyo, monthly screening event “Monthly Yamagata” has been presenting past works from the YIDFF accompanied by talk shows. It’s a project that rediscovers and screens forgotten classics and important works that are especially worth watching again in this day and age; “mirrors of our times” gathered from around the world over the last 21 years.

From this spring. we’ll be moving venues from Shibuya to Cinemart Roppongi and starting afresh. We plan to focus on film works that couldn’t be screened at the previous venue, as well as welcoming special guests from Japan and overseas. We’re confident it’ll become an event to rival Friday screenings at the Yamagata Documentary Film Library. Let’s have fun in Tokyo too! This month’s film Ori has no English subtitles, but watch out for future postings of this event.

If you would like to receive email updates on Monthly Yamagata screenings, please contact us at the address below. (mail@tokyo.yidff.jp)

(FUJIOKA Asako, Director, Tokyo Office)


2009-05-01 | Monthly Yamagata May

Africa exerts a strong influence on the music, dance, language and lifestyle of Brazil. Set against the “Black Movement” of the 1970s and ’80s, Orí traces the journey of black culture from its roots in the African continent to the shores of South America. A key word in this film is “Quilombo,” a militant group that resisted and rose up against colonial rule by whites in the 17th century. It poetically eulogizes the emancipation of blacks in Brazil. The title “Orí” means “head” in the language of the West African Yorba tribe, and refers to a rite of passage that must be undertaken to reach a new stage in life. Made in 1989.

Monthly Yamagata May

May 13 (Wed) 19:30 (Open 19:15)
Dir: Raquel Gerber / BRAZIL / 1989 / 35mm / 93 min / No English subtitles / YIDFF ’89 International Competition

Talk guest: Matsuda Mio (singer)
[Venue] Cinemart Roppongi
[Admission] 1,500 yen / Students and Senior 1,000 yen
[Contact] phone: 81-3-5362-0672 (YIDFF Tokyo Office)