2014-11-14 | YIDFF “311 Documentary Film Archive” Is Here!

This fall, we are pleased to announce the launch of YIDFF’s “311 Documentary Film Archive.” The archive will collect, catalogue and preserve documentary films and related materials about the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011. This archive aims to act as a referential site for further screening opportunities of those films as well as for future learning about the disaster and the process of recovery.

YIDFF has continued to introduce documentary films about the 311 disaster in its “Cinema with Us” program over the past two editions. Having access to documentaries on this topic, there have been many inquiries about those films from around the world. In order to further publicize information on these works and increase their screening opportunities, we decided to establish a referential archive of those films in the Yamagata Documentary Film Library and launch a bilingual online catalog/database and a website.

YIDFF “311 Documentary Film Archive” website


2014-11-14 | Screening and Symposium
“What of the 311 Disaster Will Cinema Convey in 100 Years?”

To celebrate the inauguration of this archive, YIDFF will host a symposium in Sakurada Cinema, Tohoku University of Art and Design, Yamagata, on Nov 29.

All programs are open to the public. Participation from the audience is warmly welcome.

Screening and Symposium
“What of the 311 Disaster Will Cinema Convey in 100 Years?”

November 29 (Sat)
Introduction to YIDFF 311 Documentary Film Archive
Miyato, Record of Recovery 2011–2013
Dir: Iizuka Toshio / JAPAN / 2014 / 58 min
Winner of the Grand Prize of Yufuin Bunka-Kiroku Film Festival 2014
Special Lecture
“Archiving Disaster”
Lecturer: Abé Mark Nornes (University of Michigan)
With screenings of archival newsreel footages of the Great Kanto Earthquake
Panel Discussion
“What of the 311 Disaster Will Cinema Convey in 100 Years?”
Kainuma Hiroshi (Sociologist, Fukushima University)
Takamori Junko (Director and archivist of the Group for Continuous Documentation of the Great Hanshin Earthquake)
Abé Mark Nornes (Film Studies, University of Michigan)
Moderator: Ogawa Naoto (Coordinator for YIDFF 2013’s Cinema with Us program)
Sakurada Cinema, Tohoku University of Art and Design (Yamagata City)
* For those who wish to visit the venue (TUAD/“Geikoudai”) by bus from JR Yamagata station: Please check the bus schedule in advance, since the number of bus services in operation is very limited on weekends.
800 yen, Free for Students
[Presented by]
[Co-presented by]
Tohoku University of Art and Design
[Supported by]
GBFund 2014, Shonai Bank Charitable Trust Fund 2014
phone: 023-666-4480 (YIDFF Yamagata office)
e-mail: 311docs@yidff.jp